The Orator: DVD Review
Released by Universal Home Ent
Orator (O Le Tulafale to give its Samoan title) arrives with a certain amount of
prestige behind it.
The tale from first time
director Tusi Tamasese has been submitted for consideration as Best Foreign
Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards®, to be held in Hollywood on the 28th
of February 2012.
It's the story of Vaaiga,
(Tausili Pushparaj) who's been banished from her ancestral village - she's now
living with little person Saili (a stunning turn from debut actor Fa'afiaula
Sagote) who's angered neighbours near their home by refusing to move the graves
of his parents.
Vaaiga's brother Poto (Tanielu) is
also causing problems for this small family; he's sick and wants her to return
However, Poto's wish has disastrous
consequences for all of them.
Quite frankly, if
you fail to be moved by The Orator, you don't have a pulse.
Lusciously shot and beautifully subtle and nuanced, this entirely
Samoan film is one for the heart as well as the eyes.
This isn't all about highly compelling slow-burning drama; there's a
rich vein of subtly dry humour running throughout - mainly thanks to a Samoan
rugby team - which gives the weightiness of the script a much needed touch of
Ultimately though The Orator is simply
strong measured storytelling and impressive acting; it's engrossing, heartfelt
and in its final scenes, profoundly moving.
Extras: Short film and trailer