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New Zealand cinema mainstay {$Vincent Ward} ({#What Dreams May Come}) helms this nonfiction opus, the genesis of which actually preceded his feature debut, {#Vigil} (1984). In the late 70s, while in mid-production on his project {#In Spring One Plants Alone}, then-art student {$Ward} met an elderly Maori woman named {%Puhi} who deeply intrigued him. On a tragic note, the said woman died in 1980, but she lingered on {$Ward}'s mind over the passing decades. With this film, {$Ward} returns to chronicle {%Puhi} via a head-on documentary portrait of her life and times, comprised of dramatic reenactments, documentary footage and newly-shot interviews with fellow villagers, relatives and various acquaintances. {%Puhi}, it seems, led one of the most colorful and eventful lives imaginable. A mother at 14 years old, she married {%Whatu}, the son of faith healer, prophet and post-Maori Wars activist {%Rua Kenana}, and spent the remainder of her adolescence tribal colony established by her father-in-law that disintegrated thanks to violent interference by the New Zealand police (c. 1916). According to local villagers, {%Puhi} consistently walked a tightrope between the living and the dead; to accommodate this visually, {$Ward} casts {$Rena Owen} as the late woman's "floating presence." {$Ward} reveals that {$Puhi} bore a whopping fourteen children to three different husbands, including one child, {%Niki}, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia; she ultimately developed such a strong magnetic attachment to her belief in a curse that it began to reshape and define her life and her relationship with {%Niki}. As {$Ward} chronicles {%Puhi}'s life-journey and interviews his various subjects, he both narrates the chronicle and bookends the film with recitations of a letter written to {%Puhi} following her death; he also relies on the interviews to establish relationship abiding connections between the living, the dead, and the earth that all inhabit. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Starring: Temuera Morrison as
Taungaroa Emile as
Rena Owen as
Miriama Rangi as

Directed By: Director: Vincent Ward
Producer: Tainui Stephens
Producer: Vincent Ward
Producer: Marg Slater
Screenwriter: Vincent Ward
Cinematographer: Leon Narbey
Cinematographer: Adam Clark
Composer (Music Score): John Gibson
Composer (Music Score): Jack Body
Editor: Chris Plummer
Production Designer: Shayne Radford



Release Date: 03 Apr 2020

Run Time: 101

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV18073352

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