Reviewed by Kate Rodger
Shot in the remote, rugged and moody Hokianga, this is the debut feature for Armagan Ballantyne and certainly marks her as a director to keep a beady eye on.
The location becomes a character in itself, dominating and ultimately dictating the film's flavour and impact.
It's a story of childhood, family, love, and loss, and if you're in the right mood, is a worthy watch.
The two young lead actors took a little while to settle into their roles, but once they did, this film flowed gently across the senses.
Three and a half stars.
The Strength of Water
:: Director: Armagan Ballantyne
:: Starring: Nancy Brunning, Hato Paparoa, Pare Paseka
:: Running Time: 86 mins
:: Rating: M - Contains violence, offensive language, sex scenes
:: Release Date: August 27, 2009
:: Trailer: Click here
source: newshub archive