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Apron Strings

 

New Zealand 2008, 90 minutes
Dir. Sima Urale
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama

Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures.

 

Aroview: Acclaimed short film director Sima Urale makes her feature film debut with this drama about fractious maternal connections that contrast two different cultures (one Indian, one European) in Auckland's southern suburbs.

Surprisingly, the director's Samoan roots serve her less well with the Indian immigrant story than with the Pakeha story, which, while familiar, rings truer and finds deeper connection via the committed performances of Jennifer Ludlam and Scott Wills. Picky diners will find the culture-is-food metaphor laid on like lumpen mash and the Indian dish too vegetarian-lite to satiate, but with its luscious photography, quality cast, and the exotic spice of UK actress Laila Rouss, one can't fault the service or atmosphere.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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