White Lies
White Lies (2013)

White Lies is about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people - she believes in life. But new laws… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
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Andy Webster
New York Times

Ms. Black, a New Zealand recording artist making her film debut, and Ms. House, both actresses of formidable presence, are well-matched opponents. Ms. Prebble, too, has reserves of power.

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Kam Williams
Baret News

A deeply moving reminder of man's inhumanity to man in less enlightened times.

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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

A solid feminine melodrama about the colonial/racist past of the director's adoptive country. [Full review in Spanish]

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Tomris Laffly
Film Journal International

Thematically, White Lies is essential cinema, unafraid to delve into female issues even contemporary societies grapple with.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Showcases a triangle of strong female performances, impressive cinematography and music.

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Simon Foster
Screen-Space

[Whirimako] Black is a towering screen presence who honours not only Rotberg's and Ihimaera's creation but also the centuries-old dignity and customs of her people.

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