Film: The Whale Rider by Niki Caro


Yesterday I sat down to watch this film for the second time and can honestly say that I liked it even more than the first time. And that's saying quite a lot. Based on a book by Maori writer Witi Ihimaera the film tells the story of a young Maori girl's attempts to fulfill her destiny against the wishes of the chief of her village: her grandfather.

Sounds soppy doesn't it? Well, it is, a little. But above all it's a beautiful film. It's funny, sad, emotive... Quite amazing what they have achieved with such a small budget.

I can't reccommend this enough.

The Whale Rider