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Cousins

A moving tribute to the lives of three Māori women in colonial New Zealand

Drama

7.0

movie

New-Zealand

English, Maori

Emotional, Thought-provoking, Touching

Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace Smith

Ana Scotney, Briar Grace Smith, Calvin Tuteao

98 min

Synopsis

Separated as children, three cousins with an unshakable bond confront their painful pasts and embark on an emotional journey to find each other.

Our Take

7.0
Staff

This excellent new drama is about three indigenous Māori women and their upbringing in colonial New Zealand.

The story is split into two timelines: the present, where two of them are trying to protect their ancestral land from a government project, while the third, Makareta, is wandering aimlessly through a big city. And the past, the story of how they got separated and how Makareta got taken away by a residential-school-like orphanage.

It’s a heartbreaking tale, one of how a people can be ravaged by colonialism and decades of discrimination. But being focused on the personal lives of the three women, it’s also heartwarming and deeply humane.

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