Whale Rider

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This film has a couple of uses of moderate bad language

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Whale Rider Rating: PG 9+

3.4875 out of 5 718 Votes (Members)
Duration
101 mins
Year
2002
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Tradition causes trouble in a family when a young Maori girl wants to take up what she believes is her rightful place at the head of her tribe - because the man standing in her way is her own grandfather, and his love for her is not enough to change his belief that only a boy could ever lead the tribe. Set in modern New Zealand, Whale Rider superbly shows what happens when old-fashioned thinking gets in the way of people's potential. English and Maori dialogue, subtitles in English.

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What you say

  • This is a beautiful and movig film which really makes the children think, whilst opening their eyes to different worlds and cultures effortlessly

    Jenni (Teacher)

  • This is a beautiful and movig film which really makes the children think, whilst opening their eyes to different worlds and cultures effortlessly

    Jenni (Teacher)

Reviews

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  • Henri, 15

    1 out of 5
    By
    Henri, 15
    Date
    2014-06-05 17:02:17

    Whale Rider
    On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale.
    The movie is about Pai, a 12 year old who is the only living child in the line of the tribe's chiefly succession because of the death of her twin brother and mother during childbirth. The leader is usually a male, and because pai is a female, her grandfather, koro is unhappy about her birth. As pai grows up, she finds that living with her grandfather is not easy, because even though he formed sort of an affectionate bond with her ; carrying her to school every day on his bicycle, he also blames her for the death of her twin mother, brother and troubles in the tribe. Later in the story,Pai shows an interest in becoming a chief, she even learned the traditional songs and dances, but her grandfather is not pleased. Her young husband flees New Zealand in grief, leaving grandparents Koro and Nanny Flowers to raise the sole survivor, a feisty little girl named Pai, who radiates with life and energy. It's no wonder that her grandmother and the entire community love her, but alas, the grandfather she worships is too busy mourning the loss of the baby boy he expected would lead the tribe to better days. I would give this documentary just 1 of 5 stars because i think it was abit boring and not my type of film.

  • Chaoyi, 15

    2 out of 5
    By
    Chaoyi, 15
    Date
    2014-06-05 16:56:35

    BLACK FISH-Whale Rider
    Whale rider is taking about a little girl, want to do well at everything she can ,but have a lot of things her grandpa does not want she to do cause she is a girl ,she want to make her grandpa happy and prove herself did a lot of work. I do not like it because it have a little bit boring, but the music is not bad .

  • Grace, 10

    4 out of 5
    By
    Grace, 10
    Date
    2014-05-15 17:13:48

    I would rate this film a 4 because it was a bit boring at the start but as the film went on i really made me think i was there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • diya, 8

    2 out of 5
    By
    diya, 8
    Date
    2014-05-12 19:28:14

    I hate this movie cause it doesn't make any sense.

  • Olivia, 13

    4 out of 5
    By
    Olivia, 13
    Date
    2014-04-30 16:22:36

    Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this film! I found it quite interesting to see a film from a different country, as it was find to spot the similarities and differences between our cultures. I would definitely recommend this film to a friend as the story is heart warming, and the way it's done made me despise certain characters *cough* granddad *cough*. :)

  • George, 12

    3 out of 5
    By
    George, 12
    Date
    2014-04-30 16:21:14

    from what I watched the film was a very sad film. It was obviously a family film, it was a moving movie. I thought she had died! Thank god she didn't!!

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