Kiwi independent drama from debut director Michael Bennett (TV's Outrageous Fortune).
It’s the Maori New Year, Matariki – a time for new beginnings – when the lives of eight people are affected by one random act of violence. Aleki, a master car thief, crosses paths with rebellious teenage girl, Spit. Rugby league star Tama saves the life of desperate Gunge – an act of heroism that brings tragedy to his own family. Rick, Tama’s brother, learns to stand up for himself and Megan, Tama’s wife, comes to accept the love that surrounds her; while Lisa, pregnant and wishing on angels, finds a real angel in Tyrone, a big-hearted man who sells Matariki icons in the weekend markets.
BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
The steady stream of quality New Zealand films in 2010 continues unabated with this most recent effort. The title is a reference to the Maori New Year, signalling the film’s central concern with rebirth and new beginnings while simultaneously commenting on the difficulties of modern multicultural society.... More
Making up the plot are multiple storyline strands that intersect at key points. The way they are handled gives the story a sense of place and community, heightened by imagery easily identifiable for New Zealand audiences. This allows for effective comparisons and contrasts between the experiences of characters that come to have more in common than it would initially seem. Keeping in this spirit, the visual style of the film is reasonably basic and allows the solid ensemble cast (many of whom you’ll recognise from local TV) to do their thing. There are moments of genuine aesthetic flair, however, most notably a time-lapse transition from the night sky to the Otara markets.
It is the final sequence that is the film’s crowning achievement. The social commentary and cheeky humour dissipate as all the subplots collide, each heightening the emotional gravitas of the others, paying off the careful narrative structuring that has come before. It’ll have you leaving the cinema satisfied and caps off a great year for New Zealand film.Hide
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BY Ponyboy lister
I wanted to love this film and it looked and sounded so promising (that song in the trailer gave me shivers up my spine) but it was really quite a middle of the road film, very predicatable and safe. I am a huge fan of NZ cinema but this is definitely not up there with Once Were Warriors.
BY MaiaMcnz lister
As I loved 'Crash' and all those 'coincedental' genre films. But this did not feel real AT ALL. I'm not going to pretend I know what it's like to live in South Auckland but if it's anything like this film I'll be surprised. I've seen a few wonderful Kiwi films lately and so gave this one a chance but it's just not up to the standard of 2014's offerings and I'm surprised at the rating given by Flicks.
BY freshdude superstar
A fabulous kiwi film, that sadly is not getting the audiences it deserves ... sadly, most New Zealanders rather watch mindless, spiritless American crap than go and see a beautiful flick like MATARIKI.
That's nothing new but it seems to be getting worse ... come on NZ sort yourself out !
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