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Mauri (1988)

| Drama, Mystery, Romance
Near the remote East Cape the matriarch lives in her very basic dwelling with real fire in the hearth, where she cooks. We get an insight in the whanau in this saga, where troubles are met ... See full summary »

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Merata Mita

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Merata Mita
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anzac Wallace ... Rewi Rapana
Eva Rickard Eva Rickard ... Kara
James Heyward ... Steve
Sonny Waru Sonny Waru ... Hemi
Rangamarie Delamere Rangamarie Delamere ... Awatea
Geoff Murphy ... Mr. Semmens
Don Selwyn Don Selwyn ... Old Cop
Temuera Morrison ... Young Cop
Ana Hine Aro Kura Ana Hine Aro Kura ... Hinemoa
Anthony Angell Anthony Angell ... Tawa
Mitchell Insley Mitchell Insley ... Dave Roberts
Joanna Paul Joanna Paul ... Doctor (as Joanna E. Paiana Paul)
John Algar John Algar ... Pakeha Minister
Mando Waenga Mando Waenga ... Sergeant at Arms
Bernard Rua Bernard Rua ... Herb
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Near the remote East Cape the matriarch lives in her very basic dwelling with real fire in the hearth, where she cooks. We get an insight in the whanau in this saga, where troubles are met with kindmess, except by the pakeha or those that have gone across to their side. The first movie directed by a Maori woman with so much warmth and authenticity. Wait for the sweeping finale! Written by Berthine Bruinsma

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Sensitive film despite some flaws
14 June 2003 | by goyette-1See all my reviews

Merata Mita's MAURI is a sensitive film despite important narrative and stylistic flaws. The storyline remains much tortuous with its disorienting opening sequence, clumsy narrative progression presenting unclear episodes and some caricatured characters (New Zealand policemen). Some stylistic choices (weird camera angles, use of subjective camera) might also appears gratuitous and sometimes risible. Nevertheless, one feels the undeniable sincerity of the film with its accurate actor's direction and the true grace which springs for the photography of the New Zealand natural landscape. Ending sequence remains extremely powerful with its aerial circular travelling shot which closes the film quite majestically.


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