Are there any other mvoies like this?
- Whale Rider review by CP Customer
if so, I would like to see some more!
The only 5 star movie so far for me.
It's a coming of age drama with a great performance from the young female lead.
Beautiful NZ scenery, strong storyline, moving and memorable. Watched it a second time before returning the DVD.
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Superb - far more than a children's film
- Whale Rider review by RP
A coming of age film with a difference - a tremendous difference, since this is set in a small Maori costal settlement in present day New Zealand, and not (as almost all others are) in smalltown USA.
Beautifully photographed, it tells the tale of the chief Koro who has no first-born grandson to lead the tribe. Sadly, his grandson died at birth - but his twin sister Paikea survived. Koro has no time for girls - but Paikea is strong willed and the stuff of which leaders are made...
Young Keisha Castle-Hughes plays the role of Paikea to perfection and was Oscar nominated. Only 11 years old when the film was made, her performance is quite astonishing.
The film won the 2003 BAFTA Children's Best Feature Film Award - but it's far more than a children's film.
Superb stuff - 5/5 stars.
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