Mahana

Mahana

Mahana

Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors) adapts the Witi Ihimaera novel Bulibasha, the story of a rivalry between two sheep-shearing families set on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1960s. Stars Temuera Morrison.

14-year-old Simeon Mahana (Akuhata Keefe), the youngest son of the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana (Temuera Morrison). As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta he risks not just his own future prospects but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.

Screenwriter John Collee adapted the book to film, who is best known for writing the 2003 Oscar-winning feature Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Best Editing, NZ Film Awards 2017
2015Rating: M, Sexual references & content that may disturb103 minsNew Zealand
DramaHistorical
Director:
Lee Tamahori ('Once Were Warriors', 'The Edge', 'Die Another Day')
Writer:
John Collee
Cast:
Akuhata KeefeTemuera MorrisonNancy BrunningJim Moriarty
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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Expands the still-limited canon of essential films about New Zealand’s tribal people...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Mahana is a touch simplistic and very romantic. But it does what it does with skill.

3.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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Any lack of narrative surprise is more than offset by the beautifully lit photography and gentle soundtrack which charmingly evokes the era.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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This 1960s-set soap opera is filtered through sun-dappled nostalgia; there's so much soft focus that you start to wonder if there is something wrong with your eyes.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Tamahori deploys the action-movie skill he's developed in the US, without ever losing the feel of his homeland.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Patriarch aims for classical screen storytelling, but the result, while entertaining for a time, becomes clunky and predictable, its sentimentality amplified by awkward incorporation of songs into the lush score.

0

A really good case study set in Poverty Bay, Gisborne about the balance of power in families, between genders, and within NZ society itself.The movie explores several other important issues of life in NZ such as domestic violence and Maori ties to the land and its animals. Strong performances from a talented cast especially Akuhata Keefe as Simeon and Nancy...

4.0
0

Well crafted with a real talent for forming an emotional connection with the audience. Excellent acting and a captivating story about rural family life and about finding your way through adversity.

5.0
0

A thoroughly enjoyable movie which will make you smile, laugh, cheer and maybe even come close to a tear - but not quite. And yes it is a trip down memory lane for some of us with the cars from our youth, houses we once lived in and school room antics. Reflects life as it once was and still is for some. Not as graphic as Once were Warriors but retains the...

4.0
0

This film gave me a sense of belonging to a time not quite lost. No hesitation in the flow of the story, although there were a few tense moments, there was a gentleness about it all. I loved the rural setting for this film, the old delapidated home, clearing the land of manuka and shrub, dirt roads, narrow bridges, shearing competitions. Beautifully...

5.0
0

Enjoyed every minute of this movie. All the actors were strong and believable, the scenery was wonderful and it captured the feeling of the mid 20th century. I laughed and cried. I whole-heartedly recommend it.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Expands the still-limited canon of essential films about New Zealand’s tribal people...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Mahana is a touch simplistic and very romantic. But it does what it does with skill.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Any lack of narrative surprise is more than offset by the beautifully lit photography and gentle soundtrack which charmingly evokes the era.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This 1960s-set soap opera is filtered through sun-dappled nostalgia; there's so much soft focus that you start to wonder if there is something wrong with your eyes.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Tamahori deploys the action-movie skill he's developed in the US, without ever losing the feel of his homeland.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Patriarch aims for classical screen storytelling, but the result, while entertaining for a time, becomes clunky and predictable, its sentimentality amplified by awkward incorporation of songs into the lush score.

0

A really good case study set in Poverty Bay, Gisborne about the balance of power in families, between genders, and within NZ society itself.The movie explores several other important issues of life in NZ such as domestic violence and Maori ties to the land and its animals. Strong performances from a talented cast especially Akuhata Keefe as Simeon and...

4.0
0

Well crafted with a real talent for forming an emotional connection with the audience. Excellent acting and a captivating story about rural family life and about finding your way through adversity.

5.0
0

A thoroughly enjoyable movie which will make you smile, laugh, cheer and maybe even come close to a tear - but not quite. And yes it is a trip down memory lane for some of us with the cars from our youth, houses we once lived in and school room antics. Reflects life as it once was and still is for some. Not as graphic as Once were Warriors but retains the...

4.0
0

This film gave me a sense of belonging to a time not quite lost. No hesitation in the flow of the story, although there were a few tense moments, there was a gentleness about it all. I loved the rural setting for this film, the old delapidated home, clearing the land of manuka and shrub, dirt roads, narrow bridges, shearing competitions. ...

5.0
0

Enjoyed every minute of this movie. All the actors were strong and believable, the scenery was wonderful and it captured the feeling of the mid 20th century. I laughed and cried. I whole-heartedly recommend it.

5.0
0