Te Rua

Te Rua (Barry Barclay, 1991) wr. Barry Barclay, prod. John O'Shea, dp Rory O'Shea, Warrick Attewell; Wi Kuki Kaa, Nissie Herewini, Tilly Reedy; NZ, colour, PG, 105 min.

Te Rua is a NZ/German copro about some sacred Maori carvings which have been sequestered in Germany. It is not very well integrated, and the acting, especially that of the Germans (speaking English to each other) is not good. It was a long struggle to remember the other film on a related theme, also about carvings being returned to the marae: The Man Who Lost His Head (Terry Johnson, 2007). But the later film is a romcom (English, tho mostly shot in NZ) with Martin Clunes, while the earlier is a drama. I cannot discover the meaning of the title.

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