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The “Whale Rider”, filmed in New Zealand and directed by Niki Caro, is a film based on Koro's relationship with Pai is eroded further when none of the boys. Pai comes into her own by juggling expectations and desires. writer-director Niki Caro on the commentary track for Whale Rider. She undertakes her education on the sly, because Koro teaches the skills at relationships between generations and individuals, across cultures and over oceans of bad feelings. “Whale Rider”: Relationships. 18 06 Koro is very hard on his granddaughter Paikea. He desperately wants a male leader to succeed him.
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Pai comes into her own by juggling expectations and desires: She also educates herself with regard to the skills of a Maori warrior. In this she is the conventional good and gallant girl, but also something of a bad girl, in the sense that boys get to be bad as they seek their heroic fates.
She undertakes her education on the sly, because Koro teaches the skills class -- for boys only "When she was born," says her grandfather, "that's when things went wrong for us". Still, she is gifted and eager, ensuring that it's only a matter of time before traditional expectations will be overturned.
While the film is imperfect some plot turns are abrupt; the "aboriginal hoopla," as noted by the Village Voice's Michael Atkinson, "comes off as tribal ritual for its own sake"; the generally rousing tone doesn't detail the poor conditions or political difficulties the Ngati Konohi faceit has also inspired much devotion from critics and scholars of "indigenous film" recall that Harvey Keitel played a Maori tribesman in The Piano, meaning the movie image pickings are slim outside of New Zealand.
But even for its representational reductiveness, the film is akids' movie with something to say, looking at relationships between generations and individuals, across cultures and over oceans of bad feelings.
Porourangi returns from Europe, where he's been selling and showing his art, making a living off his translations of his traditional culture. Koro passes predictable judgment: Furious, Koro cruelly turns his anger at the nearest, easiest, most vulnerable target, Pai, who overhears his pointless and unintended derision from the next room "Take her with you!
She's no use to me!
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This crisis sparks a touching reunion between father and daughter, during which both parties assume her maturity beyond her years. As Caro puts it, children "say what they feel, and we've all felt that.
It's a real basic human experience, to be rejected. She's not so much charismatic or adorable though you might call her eitheras she is resilient, exquisite, and worthy. The DVD includes useful extras that illuminate the child's individual potency, her heritage, and "the New Zealand character," such as the featurettes, the factful "Te Waka: Building the Canoe," "Behind the Scenes" recounting the novel's inspiration and the film's productionand "Whale Rider: The Soundtrack Showcase," as well as deleted and unnecessary scenes such as one showing Porourangi's arrival at a celebratory community dinner; or Pai waking her father, sweetly, before Koro comes to the doorway to announce breakfast.
To find the real girl," says Caro in "Behind the Scenes.
And she wants to be more than she is. She has the option to go to Germany with her father but chooses to live in Whangara with her grandparents because it is where she belongs.
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She shows respect for nature, her ancestors, faith and the blending of traditional values in this modern world. Played by actor Rawiri Paratene, Koro is the grandfather of Paikea. He is the traditional Chief and elder of the community. He is a strong leader who is determined and proud.
He struggles throughout the film with allowing himself to see Paikea as the tribes' leader. A female leader is against everything he has been taught through elder traditions and what he teaches to others.
Koro then asks her for forgiveness from the great leader.
Paikea lives with Koro and Nanny Flowers. Nanny Flowers is a traditional yet strong woman. She reinforces to Paikea to not listen to Koro but as a strong role model she also shows Paikea a sense of independence and determination. His twin son and wife died in childbirth leaving Paikea and a family he could not change. He didn't want to live the old ways and was drawn to abstract art.
He reminds Paikea that she is not at fault for Koro disaproving of her. He is a pivotal point for Paikea in the filmshowing the value she places on family and tradition when she chooses to stay in Whangara instead of going to Germany with him. Played by Grant Roa, Rawiri is Paikea's uncle. He is the younger brother of Porourangi.
He is not able according to Koro to be the leader due to his birth order.
He represents the middle road between modern New Zealand and the old ways. He lives seperately from Koro and Nanny Flowers but still visits them. He and his friends enjoy the party lifestyle and modern amnenities in pop culture such as hip hop and television.