Mahana All User Reviews (5)

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BY Newt superstar

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 Brunning as Ramona Mahana - Simeon's grandmother and wife to the always dependable Tem Morrison's Tamihana Mahana. CGI bees and rain took a... More bit of the shine off but still a great movieHide


BY JuliaLee lister

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.


BY ANn-Kidd wannabe

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 Maori humour many of us love and embrace. Great to see many of NZ's favourite actors, welcome back Jim Moriarty.


BY flapper123 superstar

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 filmed and directed and supported by a strong cast.


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.