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Maea once lived by his fists, but now old, has turned his powerful hands to healing and bread making. He strives to live a simple and peaceful life, living alone in the same housing estate as when he immigrated from Samoa many years ago. He atones for his past by easing the pain of child bearing for young pregnant women and their families who seek his help; resisting the authorities who want him to modernise. He also contends at work with the threat of losing his job at a local bakery as new equipment takes over, and at home an abusive spirit who has moved in with him, relentlessly taunting him while providing company. When his youngest daughter returns to him, beaten and heavily pregnant, he struggles on one hand - with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life, to take revenge in the way he knows best - and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life.

One Thousand Ropes is the second feature film from writer / director Tusi Tamasese (The Orator) & producer Catherine Fitzgerald.
One Thousand Ropes is a New Zealand film, filmed in Wellington.

“.. this is a powerful second feature from a director who is emerging as a major figure in New Zealand film.”

“Tamasese can say a great deal with silence, and he has excellent help in saying it: his cinematographer, here as in The Orator is the brilliant Leon Narbey.”

“The film has a wonderful sense of place and atmosphere, and the performances are uniformly strong.”

 - David Larsen METRO magazine

NZ Listener (Peter Calder)  - 4/5 stars

“Small things carry big meanings in this film. Ilisa replies in English when Maea speaks Samoan to her; we never see him eating or drinking. But the drama unfolds with a placid assurance that makes it profoundly engrossing”  

“Tamasese has made another wonderful picture that opens up a world that is, to most of us, hidden in plain sight.”




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Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins
Country: New Zealand

Violence & content that may disturb