The Breaker Upperers (2018)

The Breaker Upperers
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Writer: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Cast: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Celia Pacquola, Ana Scotney, Rima Te Wiata, Carl Bland, Brett O’Gorman, Cohen Holloway, Jemaine Clement
Seen on: 15.4.2020

Plot:
Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) are best friends who have a booming business together where they handle the break-ups for people who can’t go through with the break-up themselves, for whatever reason. And they make sure that the break-ups stick – whether that means pretending to cheat with their clients, or pretending that they are dead or missing doesn’t really matter to them. But when Mel starts to second-guess the ethics of their job, not only does their business suffer, but also their friendship.

The Breaker Upperers is a fun film that continuously approaches the line into cringe territory but never really crosses it (for me at least). Still, there is a relentlessness to their humor that just isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. I did enjoy the film, but I didn’t love it.

The film poster showing Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) sittingat a desk with champagne and cash. Behind them Jordan (James Rolleston) and Sepa (Ana Scotney) look in through a window.
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The Dead Lands (2014)

The Dead Lands
Director: Toa Fraser
Writer: Glenn Standring
Cast: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, Raukura Turei, George Henare, Rena Owen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 01.05.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Hongi (James Rolleston) lives with his tribe in the rainforest of New Zealand. When representatives of a neighboring tribe led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka) come to visit a shared holy site and pay respects to their ancestors, Hongi witnesses how Wirepa defiles that site, but then tries to blame it on Hongi and his people. Hongi’s account is enough to avoid all-out war, but it doesn’t keep from Wirepa returning and slaughtering Hongi’s entire tribe anyway. Hongi manages to escape and heads deep into the woods, to find the infamous Warrior (Lawrence Makoare) to be able to take his revenge on Wirepa.

I was really looking forward to this film (in fact, S. and I joked about the fact that this was probably the chick flick of this spring /slash – with all those half-naked, tattooed guys running around), but I was a little disappointed – apart from the cool and unusual setting, the film had very little to offer.

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