September 19, 2018
Thereâ€™s no coming back
Graeme Tuckett Stuff 4/5 Stars. "Paora Joseph has made a film that shows us tragedy from the inside out. There are no white-coated experts, no outsider opinions and no easy answers. But MÄui's Hook is made with aroha, and it told me more about a facet of this beautiful, perverse country than any other film has in years. Go and see it."
A film by MÄori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph, director of TÄtarakihi: Children of Parihaka, MÄ€UIâ€™S HOOK is a raw, compelling road trip of loss, forgiveness and redemption.
On the anniversary of his fatherâ€™s suicide, Tama (Niwa Whatuira), a young man fuelled by drugs, alcohol and violence, spirals into anger and despair.
As Tama travels the destructive road of no return, he becomes intertwined with five courageous families, each broken by the suicide of a loved one, each in search of healing and forgiveness.
Hostage to his own pain, he finds himself travelling with the families â€“ a road trip that forces him to witness first-hand the aftermath of suicide. And to face his own mortality.
When heÂ encounters Hine-nui-te-pÅ, a mysterious young woman (Hera Foley), Tama must accept the harsh reality that death is final. Thereâ€™s no coming back.
What does this mean, not just for Tama, but for all those left behind?
Starring Niwa Whatuira (Dark Horse, The Rehearsal) and newcomer Hera Foley, the film is executive produced by Quinton Hita and produced by Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble for Kura Productions Ltd
Documentary, Festival & Independent | 91 mins RP13 Deals with suicide | English and MÄori with English subtitles | New Zealand
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Thereâ€™s no coming back: Hostage to his own pain, Tama, a disturbed young man, travels the destructive road of no return as five grieving families, broken by suicide, struggle with the painful loss of a loved one. RP13
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