Cousins
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Genre:
Drama
Duration:
1 hours 30 minutes
Age restriction:
PG Offensive language
Director:
Ainsley GardinerBriar Grace Smith
Actors:
Eddie Redmayne,Sally Cookson,Chelsie Preston Crayford,Kirk Torrance,Cian Elyse White
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Cousins

1 hours 30 minutes | Rated PG Offensive language

Mata, Missy and Makareta. Three cousins. Three lives. Separated by circumstances, yet bound together by blood. Orphaned Mata believes she has no whānau and lives out her lonely childhood in fear and bewilderment. Back home on the land, educated Makareta flees an arranged marriage to study law and begin the search for her missing cousin. She leaves behind cheeky yet dutiful Missy who takes on her role of kaitiaki (guardian) of the land. As the years pass, loss of the family land seems imminent and the women’s promise to bring their stolen cousin home seems more unlikely than ever, until a chance encounter changes everything. 

Reviews
Cousins is a timely and vital look at the importance of identity, family and institutional inequalities, some of which shamefully still exist today. Stuff.co.nz

The very different lives of three Māori women play out non-linearly in this important and impactful adaptation of Patricia Grace’s 1992 novel. New Zealand Herald

Cousins is a deeply moving dramatic triumph, one that stayed with me for some time after the cinema lights came back on. Flicks.co.nz

It feels to me that like films like this one really only come around once in a blue moon. Newshub (NZ)

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