Broken English
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Along with Once Were Warriors, Broken English effectively captures contemporary New Zealand as a society in transition. Broken English dramatizes how the effect of immigration to the cities of New Zealand by both its native peoples, the Maoris, and Europeans seeking refuge from political persecution has not produced a harmonious melting pot. Ivan (Rade Serbedzija) is an embittered Croatian who fled to his wife's native Aukland when war broke out in Bosnia. Brooding over TV news reports on what is happening to his homeland (and displaying more than a little guilt over his flight from… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The situation is not original, but the setting makes it seem so, and the director and co-writer, Gregor Nicholas, is alert to nuances of the characters."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film shies away from a lot of the dramatics it could have gone into, such as prying into the psyches of what drives people to blindly hate."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Zoe Cassavetes... lets Nora's complicated emotional story play out, and she finds in Posey a strong collaborator in catching all of Nora's tics and charms."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Explores the explosive power of cross-cultural love and the ways one passionate woman finds to escape the prison of prejudice."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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