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Whale Rider (2002)

“Whale Rider” (2002) on IMDb
Rating: 5/5
“Whale Rider” (2002) movie poster

I was positively surprised by this very emotional and touching movie. It deftly avoids clich├ęs and is a breath of fresh air to the genre. Keisha Castle-Hughes gives a superb performance as Paikea, and the scene where her character gives a speech honoring her grandfather had me in tears. The ending is overwhelmingly powerful and brought more tears to my eyes.