TOXIC LOVE

A MAORI COUPLE SUFFERS AND STRUGGLES IN AUCKLAND'S SLUMS

They love each other, the Hekes do. When big handsome Jake (Temuera Morrison) and his wife Beth (Rena Owen) sing the blissful ballad Here Is My Heart, all their friends can see heat crackling between them. But 18 years and five children, and the frustrations of living on the dole in Auckland, New Zealand, leave their scars. So do Jake's fists. When too much liquor primes the rage within him, he will punch Beth and fling her against the far kitchen wall.

This is a fatal, familiar tale. Why then has Once Were Warriors become New Zealand's all-time homemade hit and...

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