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Hauntingly beautiful scenery: The Piano (1993)
The story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times where people live rudely in the rain and mud, struggling to maintain the appearance of the European society they've left behind.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016):
Taika Waititi’s follow-up to the (also great) What We Do in the Shadows, is a pure delight and the perfect antidote after a bad day or a steady diet of too many sad movies. “Bad egg” Ricky Baker has been bounced out of more foster care situations than he cares to remember until he’s given his last chance with a couple living on a rural New Zealand farm. After tragedy strikes early in the film Ricky and his foster uncle (Hec) find themselves on the run in the bush while a nationwide manhunt is initiated on their behalf. Hip-hop enthusiast Ricky and crusty, cantankerous Hec make quite the inspired pairing; this is a very funny film full of the deadpan humor that has become emblematic of Waititi’s work but it is also oddly touching and full of heart.