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White Lies

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"Dark but worth the watch"
4 stars"
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The acting is superb, as are the costumes and attention to detail. The art deco features in the main house are beautiful. The subject matter is very dark, yet unfortunately, believable.

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"Uplifting and insightful"
3 stars"
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An emotional journey. Very thought provoking.

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"Excellent movie with a twist"
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I loved this movie and there are many layers to it. It is captivating and with an excellent twist.

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Description

White Lies is a 2013 New Zealand drama film based on the novella by Witi Ihimaera (author of Whale Rider)…a story about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it.

Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers.

On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society.

If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal onsequences. So Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation.

Special Features:

  • Interviews with Producer John Barnett, Writer Witi Ihimaera, Director Dana Rotberg, cast members Antonia Prebble, Whirimako Black and Rachel House
  • Theatrical trailer

White Lies Movie Review

This atmospheric 1920s-set tale from Mexican writer-director Dana Rotberg (who made her home in New Zealand after seeing the 2002 adaptation of Witi Ihimaera’s Whale Rider) is essentially a chamber piece populated by three very good acting performances. Best known as a Maori recording artist, Whirimako Black is a revelation in her first film role, while Rachel House (Whale Rider) does the heavy emotional lifting and a porcelain and prim Antonia Prebble (TV’s The Blue Rose) does terse and tragic with equal aplomb.

Yes, be warned this is not a film for the faint-hearted or even mildly pregnant as some scenes may seriously disturb (for once it’s a film where women rather than men will find themselves crossing their legs). That may be partly due to the haunting cinematography of Alun Bollinger (River Queen), especially when coupled with John Psathas’ atmospheric and forboding, yet sparse and understated score.

But while the story takes a couple of unexpected turns (although its cinematic title is a big clue) and builds to a nicely judged ending, it does take a long time to get going. Some of the editing feels a bit rough (some scenes are too short, others too long) and the limited locations and action make it all seem a little too theatrical, a story more suited to the live stage." flicks.co.nz

Release date Australia
December 5th, 2013
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
96
Language
English
Director
Country of Production
  • New Zealand
Genre
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Box Dimensions (mm)
140x190x15
UPC
9322225199330
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
21708120

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