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“Rain” and “Whale Rider”

Posted by admin On May - 23 - 2006

This tuesday I had the last lecture about New Zealand film. Now I have to do my assignment (3000 words) and writing an exam on the 21 of june. Next week a filmmaker, Toa Fraser,will visit the class and we can ask him lots of questions.

“Rain” is a picturesque movie about a New Zealand family who make holidays in their batch on the beach. But the mother will have an affair. Their whole life will change…
The other movie is the famous “Whale Rider”. A film about the maori, spirits and belive. In a culture steeped in tradition, one young girl challenged the past and found hope for the future. A magical coming-of-age story of a young girl’s struggle to fulfil her destiny.
“One of the most charming and critically acclaimed films of 2003, the New Zealand hit “Whale Rider” effectively combines Maori tribal tradition with the timely “girl power” of a vibrant new millennium. Despite the discouragement of her gruff and disapproving grandfather (Rawiri Paratene), who nearly disowns her because she is female and therefore traditionally disqualified from tribal leadership, 12-year-old Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is convinced that she is a tribal leader and sets out to prove it.
Rather than inflate this story (from a novel by Witi Ihimaera) with artificial sentiment, writer-director Niki Caro develops very real and turbulent family relationships, intimate and yet torn by a collision between stubborn tradition and changing attitudes. The mythic whale rider–the ultimate symbol of Maori connection to nature–is also the harbinger of Pai’s destiny, and the appealing Castle-Hughes gives a luminous, astonishingly powerful performance that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. With its fresh take on a familiar tale,
Whale Rider is definitely one from the heart.” (Jeff Shannon)

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