Skip to main content

Sinistre

New Zealand, 1989 (MIFF 1990, Fiction)

Director: Nikola Caro

A high contrast black and white short comedy from New Zealand about a strange family in which the term Sinistre takes on its ancient meaning: "to be middle aged and left-handed". Mrs Stubbs has no right hand and no husband and is therefore, bringing up her three children "single-handed". She is cooking them dinner. One of her daughters is mute, the other is an alcoholic. Her son is Mrs Stubbs' only hope to rear a great leader like "Jesus Christ" or a "New Zealand television newsreader". Cooking dinner for her children consists of using excessively foul language and abusing each of them in turn. It all gets even quirkier when we find out what happened to Mrs Stubbs' hand.
- (TC)

See also...

Kitchen Sink

Far from the social realist domestic drama, this film is a wicked and witty shocker and teaser. With a mere 14 minutes of black and white footage, a New Zealander demonstrates how to hook and rivet ... More »

Roimata

Roimata, a young Maori woman from the East Coast, travels to the city to meet her half sister Girlie. Introduced to gang members, the scene is set for confontation when Kevin, a young Salvation Army ... More »

Sonny; My Older Brother

Six-year-old Po watches as his older brother, Sonny, continually gets into trouble in this sweet film about brotherly love from Accelerator alumnus Tammy Davis (Ebony Society, MIFF 11). ... D/S Tammy ... More »

Donuts for Breakfast

Josie Spratt, a pudgy tomboy who fights with her sisters, is a primary school champion swimmer. She has a disturbing secret that no one suspects. This film uses strong, distinctive imagery and ... More »

Stroke

Breast? Back? Of genius? Stroke is a splash of colour and confrontation. It's sink or swim when a lazy day at the pool turns to free-style fantasy. ... More »

Choice Night

In one night, the choice between his footy mates and the girl he likes will change a teenager's life. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director