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Naming Number Two (2006)

No. 2 (original title)
A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor.

Director:

Toa Fraser

Writer:

Toa Fraser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Dee ... Nanna Maria
Mia Blake Mia Blake ... Charlene
Rene Naufahu Rene Naufahu ... Erasmus
Miriama McDowell ... Hibiscus
Taungaroa Emile ... Soul
Xavier Horan ... Tyson
Tuva Novotny ... Danish Maria
Antony Starr ... Shelly
Tanea Heke Tanea Heke ... Aunty Cat
Nathaniel Lees ... Uncle John
Pio Terei Pio Terei ... Uncle Percy
Brandon Lakshman Brandon Lakshman ... Moses
Tayla-Lee Griffin Tayla-Lee Griffin ... Nia
Joe Folau ... Pule
Michelle Ang ... Grace
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Storyline

Living in Mt. Roskill, Auckland, Nana Maria struggles to get her grandchildren together for a traditional Fijian feast in which she means to name her successor as Matriarch. Film runs over about a 18 hour or so period of time. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Nanna Maria's last feast may be her family's last hope. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language, sensuality, brief violence and smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2006 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Naming Number Two See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NZD 4,324,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,073 (New Zealand), 10 March 2006, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Numero Films Ltd. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Home, Land and Sea
by Trinity Roots
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Suburban New Zealand life, Polynesian style
17 January 2008 | by peter-1061See all my reviews

A rough gem but a gem nonetheless. Slow going at first, as you wonder what it is with these people. Is there any hope? Has this extended family (apparently) totally lost their way in life? Then as you learn bits of the family history, the high walls and broken bridges separating the family start making sense, and you can see possibilities of reconciliation.

Ruby Dee plays (magnificently) the Polynesian matriarch, living in Mt. Roskill, Auckland NZ, for most her life, who knows what's wrong with her scattered cantankerous family and can see the one path that just might set things right -- a little "tough love", Polynesian style. Even though no one else can see the sense in it, they obediently carry out her demand for a family feast in the backyard, to happen that same evening, at which she will announce her successor. All must attend, even those who never come round.

Preparation for the improbable feast involves everyone, and in the process forces communication that's been avoided for years. But they pull it off, because after all, Mama may have lost her marbles but she is still the matriarch. The result is memorable, and validates her foresight.

The film is also, by the way, a great glimpse of suburban New Zealand life, Samoan (or Tongan, not sure) style. See it just for that, and enjoy the story too.


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