Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Family


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A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.


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24 July 2003 | Fong_Chun_Kin
9
| Small girl with the heart of a whale
Slow pace but never boring. Small girl 'Paikea' touches your heart with her quiet strength and determination. Time and again, she faces prejudice from her grandfather whom she never gives up loving. Her grandpa loves her too, but tradition and the single-mindedness that Paikea will never be the leader of their tribe forces him to refrain from showing his true emotions towards his only granddaughter. But young Paikea never gives up; she respects grandpa's decision and masks her desire to become the whale rider of her tribe.

The remarkably beautiful and serene scenery of New Zealand complements the eventual inner peace that Paikea achieves. To save the whales their tribe loves so much, she shows remarkable calmness in guiding the whales back into sea despite death staring her straight in the face.

An inspiring and well-executed film.

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,418 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$20,779,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,062,976

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