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  • Lee Tamahori
  • Production Companies
  • Communicado Productions
  • New Zealand Film Commission
  • Avalon/NFU

Set in urban Auckland (New Zealand) this movie tells the story of the Heke family. Jake Heke is a violent man who beats his wife frequently when drunk, and yet obviously loves both her and his family. The movie follows a period of several weeks in the family's life showing Jake's frequent outburst of violence and the effect that this has on his family. The youngest son is in trouble with the police and may be put into a foster home while the elder son is about to join a street gang. Jake's daughter has her own serious problems which are a key element in the plot. —Chris Maslin f ratednew zealandmaoriganggang violence34 morePlot summaryPlot synopsisTaglinesHer only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past.GenresCrimeDramaMotion Picture Rating (MPAA)Rated R for pervasive language and strong depiction of domestic abuse, including sexual violence and substance abuseParents guide


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