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Once Were Warriors [Blu-ray]

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  • One woman tries to keep her family together despite her violent, alcoholic husband. Based on the novel by Alan Duff. Made in New Zealand. For Jake and Beth Heke, life in their suburban ghetto is going from bad to worse. Jake's just lost his job, their delinquent teenage son Boogie has to appear in court and they can't make ends meet with five growing kids. Late that night, they host another one of Jake's raunchy drinking parties while the children lie awake in their bedroom. When their oldest son asks for money, which Beth discovers Jake has gambled away, it ignites a vicious argument that Jake solves by giving Beth one of his brutal beatings. The tide of violence continues to ebb and flow in the Heke household until a terrible tragedy makes them confront the dysfunctional state of their family.
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  • Credits
    Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Cliff Curtis
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Visual energy and emotional depth..."
    Premiere

    "...[This] unambiguously emotional drama will likely touch a nerve with many who see it..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Fire and substance too..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[A] compelling first feature..."
    Film Comment

    "...Brutally effective....This film's stars are frighteningly credible....[Ms. Owen] radiates a physical vitality..."
    New York Times

    "...Quick-fire editing and burnished visuals give the film a rich appearance..."
    Sight and Sound

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