What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Watch What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

"Once they were warriors. Men of Honour. Now five years on one man's battle has only just begun."
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.3  (3,711)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? is a 1999 New Zealand drama film directed by Ian Mune and starring Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, and Clint Eruera. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 1994 film Once Were Warriors. The movie follows the life of Jake "The Muss" Heke, a former gang leader, and his struggle to rebuild his life after the death of his wife, Beth. Heke has been sober for three years, but life is still tough in his home town of Otara, New Zealand. He lives with his sons, Nig and Sonny, and their grandmother, Grace, in a state house. His relationship with his eldest son, Nig, is strained as Nig resents his father for the abuse he inflicted on their mother.

The movie explores themes such as poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence, and the effects of the gang culture on families. The struggle of Jake "The Muss" Heke to come to terms with his past and to make amends with his children is at the heart of the story.

Temuera Morrison delivers a powerful performance as Jake "The Muss" Heke. He portrays a man who is haunted by his violent past but who is determined to make a better life for himself and his family. Rena Owen is also excellent as Beth Heke, appearing in flashbacks to show the depth of her love for Jake and the trauma she suffered at his hands.

The movie has a powerful visual style, with director Ian Mune making the most of the gritty urban landscapes of Otara. The use of music is also effective, with New Zealand hip-hop providing the soundtrack to many of the key scenes in the movie.

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? is a film that delves deep into the heart of the human experience. It shows the pain and suffering that can be caused by violence and addiction, but also the resilience of the human spirit.

Overall, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? is a powerful and moving film that is a must-see for fans of the first movie, Once Were Warriors. It is a raw and honest portrayal of life in New Zealand's urban underbelly, and a testament to the human capacity for redemption and forgiveness.

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? doesn't appear to be available from any streaming services.
Add this movie to your Watchlist to get notified when it's available.
  • Release Date
  • Runtime
    1 hr 43 min
  • Language
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (3,711)