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The Hunt for theWilderpeople
Saturday 14th April 2018 in the Village Hall
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 41 mins  Rated: PG-13
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, troubled orphan Ricky, (played by Julian Dennison) is shipped from home to home before finally getting a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside with his new foster family:  loving Aunt Bella, (Rima Te Wiata ) cantankerous Uncle Hec, (Sam Neill)  and dog Tupac.

When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush.  With the authorities believing their disappearance to be kidnapping, both Ricky and Hec quickly become fugitives running from the law and creating a national manhunt.   The "Wilderpeople" in this quirky comedy are two lost souls: a wayward youth from the city and his grouchy foster uncle with a past he can't forget.  Should they go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

What makes this film work is the interaction between the two central characters, it has a very delicate balance of absurdist broad humour and genuine poignancy that makes the two wholly believable.   This is not your usual predictable story about an orphan who looks up to an older man as his father figure.  The level of brutal honesty coming from all the characters is off the charts, there's no holding back and the comedy lies in this huge case of misunderstanding.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an adventure of a movie thatís really smart, funny, poignant, intelligent and not like any other film.  This warm-hearted, unpretentious New Zealand film resists the Hollywood schmaltzy formula. The humor in this film is typically Kiwi - dry, offbeat and irreverent and no wonder it went down a storm at Sundance.