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Orphans and Angels

 

New Zealand 2002, 100 minutes
Dir. Harold Brodie
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Cult, Suspense / Sex

Topics: Drugs, Experimental.

 

Aroview: Risk-taking psychodrama set in a fairytale version of Auckland's seamy subcultures, and possibly NZ's most lurid excursion since ANGEL MINE.

Centred on the relationship between an overly trusting young woman (Hawthorne) and a psychopathic drug-dealer (Brown), this develops its themes with committed performances, black humour, hallucinatory sex-scenes, and an ambient soundtrack. Unfortunately, its chief weakness lies in a stark 'video' look, which dispels much of the potential poetry of its images - finally rendering the film more over-ambitious than realised.

Incredible Film Fest 2003

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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