Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Directed by Taika Waititi • 2016 • New Zealand
Starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata), the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, this instant coming-of-age classic from actor, writer, and director Taika Waititi masterfully interweaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances.