Orphans & Kingdoms
- 1h 14m
One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids.One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids.One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids.
Hanelle Harris, Jesse-James Rehu Pickery, and Calae Hignett-Morgan are never less than convincing as the tearaway teens, escaping the Auckland mainland to hang out, shoplift and purse-snatch on Waiheke Island, before breaking in to an upmarket house to raid the drinks cabinet and graffiti the walls. The young acting trio bring a real sense of loving, if broken, family, and a palpable air of menace to the owner of the upmarket beachfront home they invade.
The politics of privilege and race, have and have-nots, may be contentious, but this is a New Zealand film with a wider underlying message about whanau that's heartfelt and, ultimately, hits home. As the troubled delinquents tell their equally troubled captive: "You're our family. We're wards of the state - we're everyone's kids." As the home owner turned hostage, Colin Moy quietly radiates the sense of a man broken by his spiritual burden. Tough, tense, realistic and rough, deliberately paced, and never shirking moments of silence, violence and, ultimately, reconciliation, Orphans and Kingdoms is a tightly scripted, sincerely acted, ably-directed/shot/soundtracked and edited example of a little film with a big heart, crafted with a care and commendable commitment that belies its humble budget and technical constraints.
- Apr 9, 2016