This Way Of Life: DVD Review
This Way Of Life
Released by Vendetta Films
New Zealand doco about a family who live life to the full in the wilds of the
countryside, This Way of Life is the story of the Karena family - husband Peter
and wife Colleen and their six children, and their horses.
But it's also about more than that - it's about a simplicity of life
and a recognition of one's place in the world.
Peter works as a horse whisperer and lives off the land - when we
first meet him, he's skinning a deer in front of his son Malachi and educating
him on how the animal died so they can live.
Although Peter appears to have a philosophy about the world, it's
clear not everyone shares his views - within moments of meeting them, we learn
that Peter's father is evicting them from the family home because he's selling
up. Things get worse for the ever growing Karena family - but over the course of
85 minutes you won't find your spirit crushed at all.
In fact it's just the opposite.
shot and presented in a restrained way, This Way Of Life will win you over and
may make you think about moving on and abandoning the rat race.
This Way Of Life is a celebration of the family codes
and morals; beautifully shot, it shows what's great about the New Zealand
countryside and showcases a side of life - and an attitude - which makes your
While some of the story's narrative
leaves you wanting more information and you may get a little frustrated with a
lack of context over family rows, overall it's easy to see why the film has been
disappointing this only includes trailers for other releases - surely a follow
up interview with the family or something else would have helped? A major missed