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The Strength of Water (2009)

When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most.


Armagan Ballantyne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isaac Barber Isaac Barber ... Tai
Hato Paparoa Hato Paparoa ... Kimi
Melanie Mayall-Nahi Melanie Mayall-Nahi ... Melody
McCarthy Pearse McCarthy Pearse ... Darren
Jim Moriarty Jim Moriarty ... Gibby
Richmond Patua Richmond Patua ... Rongo
Nancy Brunning Nancy Brunning ... Joy
Shayne Biddle Shayne Biddle ... Gene
Trearjn Prangley Trearjn Prangley ... Ani
Sade Raukawa Sade Raukawa ... Lydia
Stevie Raukawa Stevie Raukawa ... Lydia
Matthew Sunderland ... Hunter
Pare Paseka Pare Paseka ... Tirea
Denise Proctor Denise Proctor ... Nan
Joanne Daniels Joanne Daniels ... Kai Karanga


When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most.

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New Zealand | Germany



Release Date:

27 August 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Magie des Wassers See more »

Filming Locations:

Mitimiti, New Zealand See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Immerse yourself in this one.
14 December 2009 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This simple and effective Maori (NZ) film details a family turning point in a 10 year old boys life. Set in the wildest coldest windswept coast of North Island New Zealand and featuring some of the most spectacular freezing desolate landscapes since STORM BOY and RYANS DAUGHTER, any viewer willing to settle into THE STRENGTH OF WATER will emerge blinking back into their own lives afterwards having felt as though the actually have been somewhere. A NZ-German co-production, THE STRENGTH OF WATER features an all Maori cast and shows a loving family who suddenly cope with a cruel twist of fate and the emotional fallout. The unaffected natural performances are quite astonishing and will allow any age person to completely connect with the characters. The family is sensible, hard working and live simply which makes the storyline and what befalls them all the more touching. Then they have to put up with what happens to their community. The amazing cold wet scenes in a windy rain-swept rusting car scrap-yard are so visceral I still feel now as though I was actually there that day. THE STRENGTH OF WATER, like the NZ counterpart from 10 years ago WHALE RIDER makes for emotionally satisfying viewing and I recommend it heartily. How these people live in this freezing saturated paradise is almost bewildering. It is an exceptionally good film. It also reminded me of the Scottish film KES.

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