Aroview: Loveable loose sequel to Florian Habichtís Kiwi classic KAIKOHE DEMOLITION finds the engaging filmmaker returning to Northland, where hundreds of anglers have converged on Ninety Mile Beach for the largest surfcasting event in the world.
Teeming with character and candor, dir. Habichtís qualities as a documentarian of people and places shines through as he canvases the laid back competition, eliciting some wonderfully forthright responses to his quirky, unpretentious questioning. Though more recreation focused than KAIKOHEís sometimes-sobering portrait of small-town Aotearoa (amid all the cathartic crash and bash), this is no less heartfelt in its appreciation of salt-of-the-earth New Zealanders who, without fail, look on the bright side of life.
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