Whale Rider

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Whale Rider
The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.


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One of my all time favorite movies. I highly recommend it.

Jun 06, 2013
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well done. 12 year old girl touches your heart. Much more believable than "Life of Pi".

Jul 03, 2012
  • hamburger728 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie..... mostly, I found it sort of depressing that the grandfather almost punished Paikea for being a girl. I practicly cried when she was doing that preformance for him and he wasn't there;(

Jan 20, 2011
  • George Millar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like magical tales of a twelve year old Maori girl who threatens established male barriers, then this is your cup of tea. I found it just a little bit like the Gospel According to Matilda; a bit preachy. Nonetheless it had its moments.

Aug 13, 2010
  • Biblio1983 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A lovely movie.


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