The Strength of Water: DVD Review
The Strength of Water
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