Great film, and highly recommended.

All too often New Zealand films just don’t get the right mix of cinematography, script and direction, but this isn’t the case with Apron Strings. A story set in suburban New Zealand city (“Auckland”) sees two families undergoing parallel falling apart, reconstitution, and redemption. It would be easy to make a film like this cheesy and sentimental, but this one seems to just skirt the edge enough to convey some real life drama without falling into the melo-.

I think it does this by drawing in other elements like cutlural hybridity, multicultural change, and a good look at the underbelly of New Zealand small-city life.

Won’t say more without beginning to crap on. So just go see this while you can. A loveable, accessible, multi-layered little look at our place in the world.

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