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still from Boy (Taika Waititi, NZ 2010)


Taika Waititi / NZ, 2010 / 87 min.

Idiosyncratic, visually spectacular tragicomedy about growing up in New Zealand in 1982. 11-year-old Boy fantasises about his absent father, imagining him as a diver, war hero, and close relative of Michael Jackson. In reality, his father is an incompetent wannabe gangster, who suddenly returns to Boy’s life.

poster Boy (Taika Waititi, NZ 2010)
An imaginative 11-year-old boy on New Zealand’s east coast tries to comprehend the world and his father who has just been released from prison. The clumsy man (played by director Waititi) wants to play a role in his son’s life again, however, his motives are suspect from the start. Because Boy doesn’t have a stable parent figure, he creates his own hilarious, idealised figure. Boy’s playfulness slowly makes way for the drama below the surface.

Courtesy of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission.

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still from Boy (Taika Waititi, NZ 2010)
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