Keswick Film Club - The Patriarch

Thursday 16th February 7:00 PM

The Patriarch (Mahana)

Director: Lee Tamahori Country: New Zealand
Cert: TBC Year: 2016 Length: 103 mins Language: English/Maori
The Patriarch

Audience Reaction

Score: 80.89% Attendance: 180

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Synopsis

In the 1960s on the east coast of New Zealand, two Maori sheep-shearing families - the Mahanas and the Poatas - are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals. 14-year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding vendetta, he risks his own prospects, and the cohesion of the entire society.

Adapted from a novel by The Whale Rider (KFC, 2004) author Witi Ihimaera this family saga is a return to Maori roots for Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori.

Thanks to Wild Bunch

Critics

open_quote The Patriarch plays like a classic Western as it proudly expands the still-limited canon of essential films about New Zealand's tribal people close_quote Peter Debruge, Variety


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