"People show their true feelings when they're drunk."
Once Were Warriors is a tough watch. It's raw, it's brutal, it's harrowing.
The story revolves around a Maori family in poverty for the most part brought on by the alcoholic and domestic abuse laden patriarch, Jake.
The family is deeply troubled. The older son resents his father and is never home instead finding resolve in a local gang. The oldest daughter tries her best to hold the kids together. Another son is sent to some type of reform school so he doesn't end up in jail.
Rena Owen plays the matriarch, Beth. Who has the standout performance in the film. She goes through A LOT throughout the course of the film.…