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White Lies

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NOTE: Violence,offensive language and nudity.

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"Dark but worth the watch"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

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.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Uplifting and insightful"
3 stars"
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An emotional journey. Very thought provoking.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent movie with a twist"
5 stars"
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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

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

Critic Reviews:

  • " Thematically, White Lies is essential cinema, unafraid to delve into female issues even contemporary societies grapple with. " – Tomris Laffly
  • " A solid feminine melodrama about the colonial/racist past of the director's adoptive country. " – Ernesto Diezmartinez
  • " A deeply moving reminder of man's inhumanity to man in less enlightened times. " – Kam Williams
Release date NZ
December 5th, 2013
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
96
Language
English
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Country of Production
  • New Zealand
Genre
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Original Release Year
2013
Box Dimensions (mm)
140x190x15
UPC
9322225199330
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
21708120

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