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Whale Rider

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Lisa Gerrard
Lisa Gerrard: Neale Duckworth/Headpress/Retna

Whale Rider

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/06/03
performer:
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Rawinia Clarke, Cliff Curtis, Tammy Davis, Vicki Haughton
director:
Niki Caro
distributor:
Newmarket Capital Group
author:
Niki Caro
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it a B+

Former Dead Can Dance singer Gerrard employs synthesizers, guitars, a piano, and, yes, her lovely voice for this haunting collection Whale Rider from the buzzworthy New Zealand indie flick. While the movie is torpid at times, the same can’t be said of the soundtrack, which is a soul-stirring entity all its own. Even lyric-free scene setters like ”Ancestors” and ”Suitcase,” which both clock in at less than two minutes, carry an emotional heft that most of today’s radio-ready pop ballads would be hard-pressed to match.