Matariki

Matariki

Movie: Matariki
Director: Michael Bennett
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Several stories cross paths over the course of a few bustling days in New Zealand in this drama. Matariki is the Maori New Year Celebration, and as the holiday is poised to begin, rugby star Tama is driving through South Auckland when he sees a man being brutally attacked. Tama pulls over to help, but ends up getting beaten severely enough to end up in the hospital, while his car is stolen. The man on the receiving end of the beating, Gunge, is a junkie who has fallen deep in debt to his dealer, Gunge’s girlfriend, Lisa, is pregnant but uncertain if the man she loves is going to be an especially good father for her child. As Tama’s condition takes a turn for the worse, his wife Megan, who works with the police, finds herself at odds with his Maori family about what to do for him. Tama’s brother Rick, is shocked by what’s happened to his brother, and feels he must come to terms with a secret that has distanced him from those closest to him. And teenaged Aleki, a Pacific Islander recently relocated to Auckland, feels like an outcast in his new community and tries to impress a neighborhood girl by swiping a car — the ride that used to belong to Tama. Matariki was the first feature film from director Michael Bennett.

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