The Insatiable Moon

Film, Drama
2 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(32user reviews)
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Despite the political prescience of this soap opera-like debut from Kiwi director Rosemary Riddell, exploring as it does the prickly community issues that arise from budget cuts in the social care sector, this facile and dramatically woolly film has little to recommend it. With his permanent grin, unkempt beard and cosy line in pseudo-religious, panpipes-scored babble, Arthur (Rawiri Paratene) is the roving, bare-footed idiot savant who firmly believes he’s the second son of God, and that he possesses mystical power that could prevent the inevitable closure of his ramshackle care home. His purportedly inspirational efforts take in friendship, suicide, bourgeois hypocrisy and a totally implausible love affair with a care worker who’s unhappy in her marriage (to an unironic version of Murray from ‘The Flight of the Conchords’, no less). A sizeable ensemble jostles for screen time, though Riddell doesn’t appear to be able to bestow any one character with more than a single trait. And any ‘issues’ that may surface during the proceedings are underlined, bolded, ringed in red pen and have big neon arrows pointing at them.

By: David Jenkins

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday March 4 2011
Duration:
97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Rosemary Riddell
Cast:
Ian Mune
Sara Wiseman
Bruce Phillips
Rawiri Paratene

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:13
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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for the person who said this was a publicity plant, use your head most films have previews this one had a preview in the west end of london with ticket giveaways with see if first, over 400 hundred people came, so dont talk rubbish


Saw the film at its launch of Stoke Fires in Stoke-on-Trent. Everyone entitled to their opinion mine ........................ absolutely fantastic.. If you get the chance go and see it for yourself you will not be disappointed


Saw the film at its launch of Stoke Fires in Stoke-on-Trent. Everyone entitled to their opinion mine ........................ absolutely fantastic.. If you get the chance go and see it for yourself you will not be disappointed


Everyone is entitled to their opinion about a performance. I've read books which really annoyed me yet others loved; I've seen productions which have annoyed me but others enjoyed; same with films. I'm sorry this reviewer didn't enjoy Moon. For me, it was one of the highlights of movie going 2010. I am off to see it again with my daughter this Saturday. I am not a film maker (my expertise is in dramatic performance and writing novels) so I can't comment on the cinematography others with more knowledgeable and experience allude to. All I know is that I tell people this is a special film and it will add aroha to their kete if they see it.


Everyone is entitled to their opinion about a performance. I've read books which really annoyed me yet others loved; I've seen productions which have annoyed me but others enjoyed; same with films. I'm sorry this reviewer didn't enjoy Moon. For me, it was one of the highlights of movie going 2010. I am off to see it again with my daughter this Saturday. I am not a film maker (my expertise is in dramatic performance and writing novels) so I can't comment on the cinematography others with more knowledgeable and experience allude to. All I know is that I tell people this is a special film and it will add aroha to their kete if they see it.


Maybe the poster called "truth" should change their name to post modern delusional cynic who does'nt bother to check their facts before writing. This film had selected gala performances last year to a lot of people in the mental health professions. went down a storm. And hey "Rush" I was a big fan of Benny from Crossroads! You wouldn't be a member of the EDL would you?


Maybe the poster called "truth" should change their name to post modern delusional cynic who does'nt bother to check their facts before writing. This film had selected gala performances last year to a lot of people in the mental health professions. went down a storm. And hey "Rush" I was a big fan of Benny from Crossroads! You wouldn't be a member of the EDL would you?


If your idea of someone suffering from mental illness is basically a clean replica of Benny from Crossroads, then this is the film for you.


Everyone is entitled to their views - but Mr. Jenkins' this facile and dramatically woolly critique has little to recommend it - and is at odds with every other review I have read - in New Zealand and the UK.


For those who think that the comments are publicity plants because the film hasn't opened yet, it has been showing on long haul airline flights since last year (I saw it on a flight to Hong Kong in November) and it has already had showings in the UK (it was shown at the Greenbelt festival last August). Plenty of people have seen the film and can give genuine views -- as I am.


What an absurd review. Obviously this man had a rather large carrot up his backside while watching this movie. I found it beautiful, romantic, hilarious, heart touching and moving. Perhaps Mr David Jenkins needs to begin a new career. Obviously you do not have the skills to spot a true winner.


What an absurd review. Obviously this man had a rather large carrot up his backside while watching this movie. I found it beautiful, romantic, hilarious, heart touching and moving. Perhaps Mr David Jenkins needs to begin a new career. Obviously you do not have the skills to spot a true winner.


Tena koe David What a load of teko you have written about this beautiful film. It is obvious you have no understanding of Te Ao Maori or Te Ao Tangata Whai Ora. I used to work as a kaitiaki in the Ponsonby area and I can tell yous that these characters are real! Next time you review a film with such a strong Maori wairua running through it, I suggest you go and learn a little bit about our people first. Otherwise it remains the same old pakeha teko, e hoa. No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa


Tena koe David What a load of teko you have written about this beautiful film. It is obvious you have no understanding of Te Ao Maori or Te Ao Tangata Whai Ora. I used to work as a kaitiaki in the Ponsonby area and I can tell yous that these characters are real! Next time you review a film with such a strong Maori wairua running through it, I suggest you go and learn a little bit about our people first. Otherwise it remains the same old pakeha teko, e hoa. No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa


It's a real shame this film didnt have funding, reminds me of the one about the boy who found the coca cola bottle in Africa and the one about the Beanfield war and the pig that got shot. Memorable films(cant remember the titles. lol ) but that's how I rate this; a film that stays in mind and must be seen again. Some weak moments, good acting, charming and heartwarming.


Bad day alright Mr David Jenkins. Superb acting, actually I found the love affair more plausable than most 'real life' farces these days! Excellent story. Powerful pull of all emotions along the whole spectrum. Greatly enjoyed by all around me. Tch tch David.


Bad day alright Mr David Jenkins. Superb acting, actually I found the love affair more plausable than most 'real life' farces these days! Excellent story. Powerful pull of all emotions along the whole spectrum. Greatly enjoyed by all around me. Tch tch David.


Worse than harsh....quite ignorant. Gosh, David portrays himself as a spokesperson on subtlety, yet can't quite tell the difference between a South American panpipe and a Maori noseflute.....Pompous prat. BTW This film got a 4 out of 5 in Empire mag.....they obviously have no idea of quality, but David does.


Worse than harsh....quite ignorant. Gosh, David portrays himself as a spokesperson on subtlety, yet can't quite tell the difference between a South American panpipe and a Maori noseflute.....Pompous prat. BTW This film got a 4 out of 5 in Empire mag.....they obviously have no idea of quality, but David does.


Wow! Harsh review. I loved this movie. Sure it wasn't perfect but it wasn't "facile" either. I wd recommend it. See it for yourself if you can, don't be swayed by a reviewer having a bad day.


Amazing! yes, depending on what you are looking for it may have it's slightly weaker moments, but they are more than drowned out by the great performances of this motley crew of actors! A wonderful heart warming story, humour, tragedy, and insanity all mixed into one.


Amazing! yes, depending on what you are looking for it may have it's slightly weaker moments, but they are more than drowned out by the great performances of this motley crew of actors! A wonderful heart warming story, humour, tragedy, and insanity all mixed into one.


David Jenkins is right: this is not a perfect film but it is a story glued together by such warmth and humanity that it still manages to somehow work. I felt well satisfied having spent my valuable time watching it !!!!


David Jenkins is right: this is not a perfect film but it is a story glued together by such warmth and humanity that it still manages to somehow work. I felt well satisfied having spent my valuable time watching it !!!!


That rare thing, a movie that is emotionally moving, deals with difficult issues, but above all entertaining. I left the cinema with a spring in my step


That rare thing, a movie that is emotionally moving, deals with difficult issues, but above all entertaining. I left the cinema with a spring in my step