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The queen of england comes to visit the townspeople of a rural town in new zealand. Elizabeth, a young girl, is very excited until she befriends hira, an elderly maori woman, who tells her stories of her tribe's history and culture. Elizabeth is then at a struggle for justice.
Set in a rural New Zealand town bracing itself for a visit from the English Queen, this uplifting family movie follows a 13-year-old white girl, Elizabeth, who becomes friends with an old and unpopular Maori woman, with surprising, wide-ranging effects on the entire community. Mark J. Gordon directs a capable cast that includes Craig Elliott, Mark Clare, Liddy Holloway, Vicky Haughton, and Sally Andrews.
"Her Majesty" has all the makings of a perfectly charming family picture, and then the plot runs off the rails. At some point during the writing process, a clear-headed realist should have stepped in and restored sanity...will work perfectly well for its intended audience of girls about Elizabeth H's age, which is 12; they will like her pluck and spirit, and won't ask themselves if her brother is a little over the top, since at that age they consider most brothers to be monsters. I do not want to discourage this audience, because entertaining family movies are hard enough to find, and maybe only a curmudgeon like me would ask the questions that distract me.
Jan Wahl, KCBS Radio
One of the best family films ever!
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
Writer-director Mark J. Gordon tells his story with a meat-and-potatoes family-entertainment style...
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