Eighteen years after Jake (Temuera Morrison) and Beth (Rena Owen) were married, Beth still finds him irresistible. Jake is a muscular, handsome man who exudes sexual energy. But he spends most of his time in the bar demanding respect and becoming drunk and violent. Beth struggles to keep her family together, through the violence takes its toll - one son has joined a vicious gang, the other has been taken to a welfare home, but she remains faithful to Jake. Still untouched is Grace, the beautiful teenaged daughter, a gifted writer and thinker and the most vulnerable member of the family. What happens to her changes the family's life forever. Beth will at last be forced to make a choice and to seek a new alternative for her own survival.
Superb, gritty drama
- Once Were Warriors review by CP Customer
If you think the whole of New Zealand looks as beautiful as the Lord of the Rings set, think again! This tells the gritty, seedy tale of what life is like for those who live on the poverty line in Auckland. The characters are portrayed brillantly and Rena Owen is outstanding as the female lead, Beth. There is some violence and it is quite shocking at times, but not glorified in any way. In fact the shocking part is its realism and intensity. The film draws to a sad yet inevitable close, although with a ray of hope. Thoroughly recommended if you like gritty dramas, but probaly not if you're looking for Hollywood gloss.