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The Strength of Water

Drama


 

When a mysterious stranger arrives in an isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins are forced apart.

This film is more mood than story. The brooding characters are burdened with emotion but without anywhere to channel it. Wild New Zealand coastal landscapes are artistically captured, and the screen is laden with images that evoke dark undercurrents and equally dark overtones. The inescapable heaviness of production is not quite balanced by the simplicity that's almost necessary when dealing with big themes through the eyes of children. "The Strength of Water" is strong enough to overpower.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 3rd December 2009
86 mins