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Kawa (2010)

Nights in the Gardens of Spain (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 2010 (USA)
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An apparently happy family man must reveal a lifelong secret - that he is gay.

Director:

Katie Wolfe

Writers:

Witi Ihimaera (based on the novel by), Witi Ihimaera (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Tuteao ... Kawariki
Nathalie Boltt ... Annabelle
George Henare ... Hamiora
Vicky Haughton ... Grace
Dean O'Gorman ... Chris
Pana Hema Taylor ... Sebastian (as Pana Hema-Taylor)
Miriama-Jane Devantier Miriama-Jane Devantier ... Miranda
Robert van Mackelenberg ... Jack
Geoffrey Snell Geoffrey Snell ... Walter
Patara Berryman Patara Berryman ... Pita
Inia Maxwell Inia Maxwell ... Tipene
Niwa Milroy Niwa Milroy ... Puti
Bridget Pyc Bridget Pyc ... Emily
Margaret-Mary Hollins Margaret-Mary Hollins ... Denise
Jarod Rawiri ... Wayne
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Storyline

In this intimate drama, Kawariki must become the leader of the family after his father retires. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes. Written by Websurfer

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

17 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kawa See more »

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Budget:

NZD1,600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cinco Cine, Conbrio See more »
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Color:

Color
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Quotes

Annabelle: I didn't think you were that person, Kawa. Not some walking bloody cliche.
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Sweet Division
by Del Rey System
Written by Dean Godward and Dallas Tamaira
Courtesy of Bounce Records
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Kawa
14 August 2012 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

From Auckland, New Zealand, a mid-age married gay man with two children tries to come out of the closet in Aukland, who has also a Maori bloodline and supposed to carry on his traditional bearings as a male leader of the family after his father is retiring. The film is based on Witi Jhimaera's novel "NIGHT IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN", whose previous book is the Oscar- nominated WHALE RIDER (2002, an 8/10).

The film has an over saturated hue, which at first enlightens and spikes the New Zealand exotic natural outlook with a certain degree of intimacy, effectively stimulates one's tourist appetite, but as time goes by, it is an effort which sadly overstays its welcome, and the steamy and purple gay sauna scenes are both tacky and predictable. There are no twist in the plot, which could be kindly viewed as a commonplace strategy to elucidate an everyday outing process, and the actors are standardly deployed, giving probably the most expected reactions one would expect, a guilty-ridden husband, a devastated wife, a high-school boy with a consenting adult issue and a cute teenage daughter. But the film consciously evades a more inquisitive invasion into the gay counterpart area, since the love interest of our protagonist doesn't play a pivotal role in the outing and leaves the story halfway through (for another man), instead the film has put all its stamina into a " true to yourself"doctrine. The melodrama is predestined, but all is under the fine control of the female director Kate Wolfe's slightly meek faculty and this time Witi Jhimaera's novel doesn't bring any ripple like WHALE RIDER, nor is the cast could reproduce a Keisha Castle-Hughes wonder in any rate.


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