Critic 2003, #18
GRADE 9/10

"This is a powerful film that every New Zealander should watch. Unwrapping the media mythology around violent crime, Stuart McKenzie's debut tugs at the memories of every generation who can remember a Kylie Smith, Teresa Cormack or Kirsa Jenkins (sic). We follow Lisa (newcomer Michelle Langstone) in the tangled and tormented search to understand the brutal murder of Tracey, who was born on the same day. Miranda Harcourt gives a traumatic edge to Fleur, the mother of the victim, while Tim Balme is disturbingly familiar as the rapist/murderer. The gritty colour, sharp editing and deep characterization allow us to painfully acknowledge the loss of innocence New Zealand suffers every time a young girl is abducted."

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