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Top Movies of the Decade #32

32.  Whale Rider

There are a lot of great things about “Whale Rider,”  but the thing I admire the most about it is how it manages to straddle realism and mysticism seamlessly, effortlessly.  This is both the story of a 12 year old girl, her troubled grandfather and how traditions must change with time, and a budding myth about a great tribal leader that will be told form generation to generation for a thousand years.  These days we have a hard time understanding how myths could be based in fact, or how real stories could eventually become mythical; “Whale Rider” demonstrates, and in the process reminds us that there’s more than one way to tell a story.

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