Set in urban Auckland (New Zealand) this movie tells the story of the Heke family. Jake Heke is a violent man who beats his wife frequently when drunk, and yet obviously loves both her and his family. The movie follows a period of several weeks in the family's life showing Jake's frequent outburst of violence and the effect that this has on his family. The youngest son is in trouble with the police and may be put into a foster home while the elder son is about to join a street gang. Jake's daughter has her own serious problems which are a key element in the plot.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for pervasive language and strong depiction of domestic abuse, including sexual violence and substance abuse
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Did You Know?
Living in South Auckland where a lot of the scenes were filmed. The pub was the first supermarket in New Zealand, in Great South Road., Otahuhu. In one shot you can see the block of flats on the other of the Tamaki River.
Next door is the pipe Grace walks across, also over the Tamaki river. Near the Heke house several large chimneys are visible which are at the Otahuhu Power Station. See more
The swallow tattoo on Rena Owen's breast disappears between shots. See more
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Most of the opening credits are either split in half, scattered in different areas of the screen, abnormally shaped or used in small white print. Some are even mixed. See more