Descended from the Maori people, Jake left the tribe long ago to marry. Now it's 1994 and e is a violent man in urban Auckland, New Zealand. He beats his wife frequently when drunk, then claims he loves her and his family. The movie follows a period of several weeks showing how Jake's frequent outbursts of violence effect his family.The youngest son is soon in trouble with the police and sent to a foster home, while the elder son is drawn to a street gang that respects tribal rites. While Jake's daughter in punished for trying to keep things in control as a caregiver.
Cast : Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga
Writer : Riwia Brown, Alan Duff (novel)
Language : English, Maori, Spanish