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Aroview: Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Kirsty Gunn, this visually crafted evocation of a seaside holiday in the 1970s – bach, suntan lotion, whiskey sours – gathers some serious talent to unfold its melancholy tale of a family disintegrating in the harsh light of the NZ summer.
Twin plots of emotional disconnection between the adults, and sexual awakening in the adolescent daughter, revolve their events in slow-burn, but the expected insight is disappointingly slender, though the music of Neil Finn adds enjoyably to the sunstroke.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) Set in 70's NZ, Janey spends a long lazy summer holiday with her family at the beach. Witnessing her partying/hungover parents' troubled marriage, and mother's affair, this is a coming-of-age tale with devastating consequences. ~GenXGirl
5 stars (Exceptional) Pretty much as good as Kiwi cinema gets. ~Barry B
4 stars (Very Good) Simple, down home NZ movie. We have all been there. I felt a bit mugged by the ending but the film is still a cut above average. ~TE901
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