Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Movie Trailer Tuesday - River Queen

It's the 1850's. Sarah lives with her father, an Irish doctor, in a remote area of New Zealand. Also inhabiting this area, are the people of the Maori tribe. The Maori people do not welcome the white settlers and Sarah is supposed to keep her distance. But, she soon meets and falls in love with a young Maori man. Sadly, he dies from the "coughing sickness" and leaves Sarah with child. Sarah gives birth to a baby boy and loves him fiercely. Meanwhile, more and more British and Irish soldiers are arriving with orders to clear the native Maori off the land.

Several years later, Sarah's boy is kidnapped by his Maori grandfather. They disappear deep into the countryside. Although Sarah searches relentlessly, years go by and she is unable to locate her son. Along the way, she finds support and friendship from an Irish soldier named Doyle. She finally meets a Maori warrior who has been working with the British and discovers that he may be the key to finding her son.

The scenery is incredible and the story is intense. The kidnapping scene literally gave me goosebumps and had me in tears. The music was sometimes a bit grandiose but overall I loved the story. It's difficult to watch Sarah as she is torn between the Maori world and that of her own people. And, the choices she must make in regard to her son are heart-wrenching.

Rated R for violence, nudity, and sexual content.