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Watch: Cousins is a beautiful and emotional film

Kia Ora Im Andrew and today Im looking at the new kiwi film Cousins, which is based on a novel by Patricia Grace – here’s what I thought of it.


Spanning three time periods  this is the story of three cousins separated from one another as adults who spend years trying to re-connect. 


The three characters are played by six different actors in three time periods and they do so excellently. I particularly want to mention Tanea Heke who despite having very little dialogue brings a tragic dignity to the film.  

8 out of 10 for acting. 


It’s a little disjointed at first but the film grows in emotion and matures as it progresses. There are many beautifully moving and powerful scenes with a wonderful mix of tragedy, tenderness and humour. 

8 out of 10 for story 


Nicely filmed and constructed however the use of intense close-ups that begin out of focus proved distracting at times. 

7 out of 10 for cinematography 


Each time period of this film was rendered very well with appropriate sets and clothing.

8 out of 10 for sets and costumes 


Despite a bit of a shaky start this movie is stunning with memorable scenes and real heart

8 out of 10 for entertainment value 


Adding all those scores means Cousins gets an average of 7.8 out of ten


Starring: Tanea Heke,  Rachel House, Briar Grace-Smith

Directed by: Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith 

Duration: 98 minutes

In New Zealand Cinemas 4th March 2021


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