The Strength of Water
The Strength of Water (2009)

A boy is comfortably haunted by the ghost of his recently deceased sister in this fusion of fantasy and realism from filmmaker Armagan Ballantyne. Kimi (Hato Paparoa) and Melody (Melanie Mayall-Nahi) are twin ten-year-old siblings growing… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 31, 2009
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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Acting, cinematography and a beautiful array of stunning open-air locations are all worth the price of admission.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

With its unique Maori backdrop, this moody drama about life, death and coming to terms with both is punctuated by a well devised fantasy element.

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Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

There are more ambitious films around at the moment than The Strength of Water, but it would be a shame if this small gem were forgotten in the Christmas rush.

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Craig Mathieson

Ballantyne is more interested in examining the Maori community's everyday lives, and how they sit in relation to their traditions, than in making political observations. The key notes here are universal, most notably the half-life of grief.

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