Broken English (1996)

Patriarch Rade Serbedzija, a refugee from the Croatian conflict, rules his family with the traditional mix of sentiment and ultra-violence, resisting daughter Aleksandra Vujcic's attempts to integrate in New Zealand by having a relationship with a Maori (Julian Arahanga) and accepting cash to enter into a citizenship marriage with a Chinese immigrant. Rather familiar as drama, but well-acted and with an interestingly gritty cross-cultural feel, matching the tones (and stars) of Before the Rain and Once Were Warriors.
KIM NEWMAN

First Published In: Empire (issue unknown).


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