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The Map Reader (2008)

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In a small New Zealand town, 16 year-old Michael leads a lonely, introverted existence with his single mother Amelia whose guilt and alcoholism threatens to drive her cherished son away. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rebecca Gibney ... Amelia
Jordan Selwyn Jordan Selwyn ... Michael
Mikaila Hutchinson Mikaila Hutchinson ... Alison
Bonnie Soper Bonnie Soper ... Mary
Rachel Nash ... Evelyn
Sam Hall Sam Hall ... Simon
Russell Wills Russell Wills ... Carlo
Mark Tronson Mark Tronson ... Kevin
Braydon Kearns Braydon Kearns ... Young Michael
Michael Hurst ... Alison's father
Tyl von Randow Tyl von Randow ... Computer Teacher (as Tyl Van Randon)
Jan Saussey ... English Teacher
Stacey Houghton Stacey Houghton ... Young Alison
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In a small New Zealand town, 16 year-old Michael leads a lonely, introverted existence with his single mother Amelia whose guilt and alcoholism threatens to drive her cherished son away. Uncomfortable with the adolescent exploits of his "friends," he finds escape through a passionate love of maps. Unexpected friendships with classmate Alison, whose sweetness and innocence belie a dark secret, and Mary, a blind young woman on the cusp of adulthood, rouse Michael from his isolation and send him on a journey of self-discovery. As his life begins to spiral out of control, Michael is forced into some difficult choices about his future. Written by Arkles Entertainment

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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

18 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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New Zealand

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$14,304
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Don't bother!
10 January 2010 | by charlo-tayloSee all my reviews

I decided to give this movie a chance, some low-budget homegrown movies can really surprise you. Unfortuantly this one did not. The movie went on for an hour and a half and still to this day I have no idea on what the point really was. I get that it was a 'coming of age' movie about a young boy finally being set free but it was a bore in pretty much all aspects.

The actors weren't the problem and did an okay job considered what they were given. Rebecca Gibney played an alcoholic stressed single-mum and did a good job but she was about the only real highlight of an otherwise pointless movie.

My advice? Don't waste 90 minutes of your life- it's not worth it.


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