The Pa Boys

The Pa Boys

The Pa Boys

Kiwi road-trip drama following three-piece Wellington reggae band The Pā Boys as they tour the North Island. This marks the feature debut of Himiona Grace with music by Trinity Roots’ Warren Maxwell.

The journey is one that sees Danny (Francis Kora), a young Māori man whose whakapapa is a mystery to him, conflicting with their newest member Tau (Matariki Whatarau), an elusive and talented musician deeply rooted in his heritage. Tau tries to educate Danny in the ways of traditional Māori values, only to provoke frustration and anger within the group. To make matters more complex, the band is joined by Danny’s ex-wife and mother of his child.

2014Rating: M, Drug use & offensive language93 minsNew Zealand
Drama
86%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

“What’s a Maori without roots, eh?” is the ultimate question posed on Danny (Francis Kora), an adopted child turned metro Maori whose whanau and whakapapa is a mystery to him. It’s a great set-up for exploring Maori identity in a contemporary world, and following Danny’s small three-piece acoustic band (featuring some damn fine songs from Warren Maxwell of Trinity Roots) up/down the North Island makes the deal sound even sweeter. But while the tale kicks off a number of themes, messages and ideas, it’s hard to feel it nails any of them.

2.0

Gisborne Herald review

The pace of the movie, too, is different from the calculated peak-plateau-peak progression Hollywood has conditioned us to expect. The story does not advance as much as unravel. By the time the story reaches its unexpected resolution, plot threads and themes tie together for an ending that left many in the audience powerfully moved. ...... (Director) Grace...

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Small and heartfelt... In short, its virtues more than compensate for its lapses and it's a promising first harvest from a vigorous new tree.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

“What’s a Maori without roots, eh?” is the ultimate question posed on Danny (Francis Kora), an adopted child turned metro Maori whose whanau and whakapapa is a mystery to him. It’s a great set-up for exploring Maori identity in a contemporary world, and following Danny’s small three-piece acoustic band (featuring some damn fine songs from Warren Maxwell of Trinity Roots) up/down the North Island makes the deal sound even sweeter. But while the tale kicks off a number of themes, messages and ideas, it’s hard to feel it nails any of them.

2.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Small and heartfelt... In short, its virtues more than compensate for its lapses and it's a promising first harvest from a vigorous new tree.

Gisborne Herald review

The pace of the movie, too, is different from the calculated peak-plateau-peak progression Hollywood has conditioned us to expect. The story does not advance as much as unravel. By the time the story reaches its unexpected resolution, plot threads and themes tie together for an ending that left many in the audience powerfully moved. ...... (Director)...

4.0