Told in a bold, unflinching manner, director Lee Tamahori’s award-winning drama grips and fascinates as it lifts the lid on ghetto Maori life in New Zealand.
Rena Owen is drainingly moving as the put-upon housewife, Beth, pushed physically and mentally to the brink while trying to hold her family together, bearing the brunt of her unemployed husband’s drink-fuelled frustrations.
Tamahori’s bleak film is raw, brutal cinema with a unique voice, showing a people adrift from their cultural roots and trapped in an urban nightmare of cheap housing and gangland controlled precincts.
One of the most pertinent and important works to emerge from Down Under in years.
Rachael Morris Jr