WHALE RIDER (Niki Caro, 2002)

A lovely, somewhat sentimental Maori fable, Whale Rider, from New Zealand, is based on the novel by Witi Ihimaera. Since Niki Caro, who wrote and directed the film, isn’t Maori herself, the Maori source helps shore up the film’s authenticity. Like too many movies taken from novels, though, Caro’s is badly in need of compression; […]