Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Strength of Water: DVD Review

The Strength of Water: DVD Review

The Strength of Water

Rating: M
Released by Roadshow Entertainment

Sensationally simple and heartbreakingly direct, Strength of Water is perhaps one of the best New Zealand films I've seen.

Set in the Hokianga, it's the story of two 10-year-old twins Kimi and Melody whose lives are irrevocably changed by the arrival of drifter Tai to their small community.

A terrible accident follows and the community is ripped asunder by the shocking turn of events.

It's hard to say too much about this without spoiling it-but what I can say is although the cast are relative newcomers and first timers, Strength of Water is a stunning debut for those involved-Hato Paporoa's performance as Kimi is the stand out of the film- just the right amount of sadness, cheek and loneliness for the character and his life.

Director Armagan Ballantyne's captured perfectly the beauty and desolation of the coastal villages- the whole film is beautifully shot- a story of bonds, community and heart, Strength of Water achingly raw and is not to be missed.

Rating: 9/10

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