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A 13 year old girl is raped and murdered in a small country town. Ten years later, the murderer is up for parole and the victim's father has vowed personal vengeance if the killer is released.

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Stuart McKenzie

Writer:

Stuart McKenzie
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michelle Langstone ... Lisa
Timothy Balme ... Grant Wilson
Miranda Harcourt Miranda Harcourt ... Mother
Tim Gordon Tim Gordon ... Father
Adam Gardiner ... Flatmate
Hera Dunleavy Hera Dunleavy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Bleakley Charlie Bleakley ... Abbott
Anneke-Lee Gough Anneke-Lee Gough
Lucy Wigmore ... Reporter
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Storyline

A 13 year old girl is raped and murdered in a small country town. Ten years later, the murderer is up for parole and the victim's father has vowed personal vengeance if the killer is released.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2003 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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MAP Productions See more »
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Color
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McKenzie's script draws on material he and Miranda Harcourt developed for her theatre piece, "Portraits", which itself drew on their own interviews with rapists, murderers and victims' families. See more »

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slow yet atmospheric and gripping; very good value
22 December 2005 | by ItsAndreSee all my reviews

It is remarkable how badly a good movie can be received in its own country. Perhaps the contemplative pacing and intersecting of past and present along with the inter-splicing of two of the key characters just had too much competition from the succession of Peter Jackson blockbusters.

Contrary to many reviews from fellow New Zealanders, I found the movie atmospheric, thoughtful, compelling, and well acted. Indeed, I was startled to realise it was a local product, the 'feel' of it being more Nordic.

There is a jarring turn toward the end when it suddenly shifts gears into action-thriller. However this is soon resolved satisfactorily - and not over-predictably. One could argue it was indeed necessary to the story.

There has been some criticism to the effect this movie gives little insight into the subject of rape and murder. Yet those involved in making this film have been involved for years in working with .... rapists and murderers! One wonders what such critics expected? Is the truth of the matter just too banal for those in film-land to find 'convincing'?


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