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The Justice of Bunny King

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving New Zealand drama tackles domestic and sexual abuse.

Movie NR 2022 101 minutes
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This New Zealand drama is a thought-provoking portrait of a mother who will stop at nothing to be reunited with her children. The Justice of Bunny King is an intimate character study and so relies heavily on a strong performance to bring the role and story to life. Davis is a sure bet on that front, as an actor with such a wonderful sense of vulnerability about her, and yet also a chaotic edge. There is something ever so-slightly erratic and unpredictable about Bunny, which means you can't take your eyes off her.

Director Gaysorn Thavat certainly plays with the moral compass of the audience. Bunny is a law-breaker, she hurts people, emotionally and physically, yet with good intentions. Wanting just one thing: to see her two kids. Through this -- and Davis' wonderful performance -- you do find yourself rooting for her, and empathizing with her plight, somehow even justifying the unjustifiable. Some films work as a mere means of escapist entertainment, but sometimes they make us think and question ourselves. The Justice of Bunny King definitely falls into the second category.

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