Whale Rider details
|Starring:||Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vicky Haughton, Rawiri Paratene|
|Genres:||Drama, Family, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Beautiful Films, Sick Of Soccer|
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Jan 2004|
|Main languages:||English, Maori|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Wonderful story about hopeBy MerryPrankster801 from Lincs. , 12 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Whalerider chronicles the heart warming tale of a young Maori girl who is trying to live up to the role of leader assigned to her by birthright, despite opposition in masculine dominated Maori culture. The film deals with the collision between the old and the new world.
Paikeea, the young girl, is a direct descendent of the original Whalerider, as in Maori legend when coming from the old world into the new, the original Paikeea was carried on a whales back to New Zealand. The traditional ways are represented by Paikeeas grandfather the leader of his generation who is trying to pass the baton to a new generation, but he does not want Paikeea to become the new leader as it will disrupt tradition.
The film makes tremendous use of the beautiful, remote New Zealand coastline and all the extras in the film are actual Maoris who live on the sacred land, lending the film genuine authenticity. The film juxtaposes documentary style footage with dreamy, almost otherworldly shots. This perfectly captures the divisions between the mysticism of Maori culture and the problems the culture faces today, in order to remain vibrant.
Couple the footage with a haunting, ethnical score and you have a great film. Where the film really succeeds is in its ability to emotionally connect with all the characters and allow you to understand the love the characters have for each other and for the preservation of their indigenous culture.
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Maori magic realismBy a customer , 23 Jan 2013A poetic, magic-realist Maori tale of a girl endowed with insight and wisdom beyond her years whose courage affects the family and community around her. Beautiful coastal New Zealand location.
Beautiful touching filmBy DJ008 (7 reviews) , 21 Jan 2013Lovely touching film, delicately and respectfully produced and directed given its subject, wonderful performance by the young unknown actress, do hope we all get to see her in many more films to come.
Entertaining but the ending didn't work for meBy mj55 (176 reviews) , 22 Jun 2012Tradition clashes with modernity in this tale of ancestors, tribal elders, guilt, expectations and fate. The primary protagonists are an ancestor-fearing grandfather and the granddaughter he did not want and whom he blames for everything that has gone wrong since her birth. To me these two characters were just too far apart for the bulk of the movie for the ending to be believable. Nonetheless it is entertaining enough.
Fancy some 'good vibes'? Watch this then...By a customer , 21 Apr 2012A truly inspirational movie! Watched it with my 10 year old daughter and when it ended she sighed....'oh no, it's not finished is it!?'
Takes you on a journey that makes you look deep into yourself and enjoy your life for what it is and who you have with you on your own individual life journey!
Enjoy every moment, cause you never know what's gonna happen:)
Traditional vs today's valuesBy a customer , 27 Mar 2012Beautiful coming of age movie. Gentle and full of hope. Illustrates conflict between tradition and modern values in a Maori community - and then resolves them.
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