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Existence (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 October 2012 (New Zealand)
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Trapped behind the Boundary Fence, Freya dreams of escape and pursues a dangerous outsider who can free her.


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Credited cast:
Loren Taylor ... Freya
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Robert
Gareth Reeves Gareth Reeves ... Daniel
Matthew Sunderland ... Rider
Thomasin McKenzie ... Scraps
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Freeman Richard Freeman ... Blor
Aaron Jackson ... Brother
Gentiane Lupi Gentiane Lupi ... Wima
Peter McKenzie Peter McKenzie ... Seth
Rachel Roberts ... Leewan
Esin Varan ... Christine Hall


A dysfunctional family in a dystopian, no, appocalyptic, world between a Poisoned sea and a fence patrolled by 'riders' on horseback. A 'rider' with a history and a conscience. A woman with questions. What has happened to get here? To say much more is a travesty. If you want something different, this is it. To my wife, this my 2001 moment but instead of being pissed off, I am - Thrilled.

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It's not until you destroy everything that you find out what's real




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20 October 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

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Wellington, New Zealand


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NZD 250,000 (estimated)
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A haunting beautiful but simple score supports a bleak existence.
11 April 2018 | by frey_greymoorSee all my reviews

I thank prime for every so often allowing me to stumble a cross these films so often hidden in a sea of vanity projects.

Existence is a low budget film, but in its tiny setting and sparsely populated world, this does it more justice than disservice.

Some might say that the story is one without destination, that the character's lack much, if any explanation, but again this showing, rather than telling approach leaves so much more open.

The music score is minimal, but hauntingly beautiful, and sound is used again and again to display the unknown.

Very little is explained in this film; much of the story is shown though actions and interactions, and answers are lacking, forcing the viewer to judge for themselves, or just to question.

I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who wants a break from railroad narrative and just wants to sit back and watch something beautiful, if not stark.

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