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Boy is one of the highest grossing films
in New Zealand box office history and once
you tune your ear into the strong vowel-
swallowing accents, it is easy to see why.
The film is set in the 1980s and there
are some jokes that only people of a certain
age will get. As Boy (James Rollaston)
describes his life, he mentions three sisters
called Dynasty, Dallas and Falconcrest,
which is pretty funny, as long as you
actually know that they were popular TV
shows at the time. Otherwise it just sounds
loony -- but I guess that's funny, too.
Boy lives with his grandmother
because his mother is dead and his father,
Alamein (Taika Waititi) is in jail. However,
Boy has a much livelier and interesting
explanation of his father's whereabouts. Boy
obviously gets by using his wild imagination,
which helps to cushion a pretty tough reality.
He lives with his extremely young cousins
and brother Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-
Whitu) and when his Nan has to go to a
funeral in Wellington, he is left in charge of
five young children whom he has to feed,
clothe and entertain each day while she is
away. He does this pretty successfully and
shows an industry and care that belies his
age. His main worry is his weird younger
brother who sits by their mother's grave and
draws pictures for her.
While his grandmother is away, Alamein
and two of his mates arrive. It isn't clear if
they have escaped from jail (which is the
story that Boy is perpetuating) or if they have
been released. Given that Alamein is pretty
stupid it seems unlikely that he has the brains
to initiate an escape. In another film this
would be an ominous homecoming where
violence and trouble would follow, but here
it turns into farce. Alamein has come home
to find some money he has stashed in a
paddock near his mother 's house, but being
the sort of guy he is, he actually has no idea
exactly where he buried it.
As Alamein digs his way through the
paddock, Boy tries to develop a relationship
with the careless father he hero worships.
Writer/director and actor Taika Waititi
is a man who understands comedy and his
involvement with The Flight of the Conchords
and Eagle vs Shark is testimony to that. He
is also blessed with a stellar cast of kids. It is
not often that such natural performances are
elicited from children, but both Rollaston as
Boy and Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu as his
younger brother Rocky, show a range and
depth that is surprising and often moving.
This creates a neat juxtapositioning of
comedy and pathos that works well.
Although there is a lot to laugh at in
Boy, there is also much to ponder about the
familial structure and responsibility. These
kids are definitely all right, it's just the adults
who are a bit mixed up.
Carmel Bell / Bookpal
Not many people can claim
to have visited the borders
of death and live to tell the
tale in fascinating detail.
Carmel Bell has -- on three
occasions. Of all the stories of healing I've
read over the years, hers is one of the most
There is now a large body of evidence
into near death experiences, collected and
analysed by respected researchers like the
late Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross that validate
this fascinating phenomenon. Carmel was
four years old when she somehow set herself
on fire and died, albeit briefly. She travelled
down the tunnel, familiar to so many near
death experiences and towards a glowing
light. At the gates of heaven, Jesus and an
archangel named Metatron gave Carmel a
healing gift, Metratonic Energy, which she
later used to heal her burned body and
A rationalist would find it easy to dismiss
this incident as a child's imagination. It is
harder to account for Carmel's 25 year career
as a medical intuitive, using Metratonic energy
on cancer, tumours, depression and other
major illnesses with great success.
It's virtually impossible to explain away
Carmel's near death experience on the night
of 15 February 2009 when she had a cardiac
arrest, "died" for 47 minutes and suffered
severe brain damage. She was placed in a
coma for four days and then spent six weeks
in intensive care. The medical prognosis
was she would be dependent on care all her
life. Of course, the doctors did not take into
account Carmel's indefatigable spirit -- or
her access to Metatronic Energy. Carmel is
today a walking, talking medical miracle.
Never was there such a case of "physician,
heal thyself ".
Ultimately, Carmel's story is one of
hope because it shows the way to a realm of
infinite possibilities for healing and recovery.
She became a medical intuitive before it was
fashionable; among her clients are medical
practitioners who refer their patients to her.
Carmel describes herself as a cartographer,
reading the map of her client's bodies.
"Your story is written in every cell of
your being. Every moment matters because
everything you hear, think, feel, eat, read, see
and do will be recorded somewhere in your
Under a facade of normalcy, many people
hide sorrow, anger, disappointment and other
corrosive emotions that don't show up on
medical tests. So, in one sense, our medical
professionals don't have the full story.
Carmel's abilities allow her to see into the
core of the illness and it's often not what's
expected. She says, "Simply put, very few
people are true to themselves. Their battle
between their heart and what is expected of
them, by themselves and by others, becomes
overwhelming. They come to see me when all
else has failed."
One of the touching case studies in the
book involves a desperately ill woman named
Carla, a mother and wife who had lived her
life for her family. Carmel uncovered Carla's
deep-seated feelings of disempowerment
and being trapped in a life of service to
others. Carla received Metronic Energy and
made the necessary changes in her life, (she
also continued with radiation therapy). About
a year later, Carla was free from cancer and
she was living a happier life.
Carmel writes, "Do not cling to your
pain. Let it go. Forgive yourself." Wise
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