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The sec­ond-best movie to come out of New Zealand in 2016 (noth­ing could have come close in any year to the in­com­pa­ra­ble Hunt For the Wilder­peo­ple) is a tough­minded com­ing-of-age drama set in Maori farm­ing coun­try in the 1950s. Teenage lad Simeon (new­comer Akuhata Keefe) is well on the way to be­com­ing his own man. How­ever, to go the full dis­tance he is go­ing to have to break free of his con­trol­ling grandad (Te­muera Mor­ri­son of Once Were War­riors fame), as hard line a fam­ily pa­tri­arch as they come. Adapted by screen­writer John Collee

(Mas­ter and Com­man­der) from a novel by revered Kiwi author Witi Ihi­maera

(Whale Rider).

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