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Aro Recommended Rain


New Zealand 2001, 92 minutes
Dir. Christine Jeffs
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama

Topics: Arthouse, Rites-of-passage.


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.

NZ International Film Festival 2001

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DVD Features

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  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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