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The Falcon Boys. No, these boys aren't bird fanciers-we're talking vintage Ford Falcons, circa'60s. Their Oakland environs may be on the wrong side of the news these days with rampant crime and violence and unemployment, but these guys have found their bliss under the hood and behind the wheel of their lovingly detailed rides. Some have spent thousands of dollars-a little at a time over many years-fi xing up a $200 piece of junk into a motorized sculpture of great, sleek beauty that drop jaws all over the East Bay. Lilla captures this subculture with great fi nesse, compassion and humor, discovering that many of the Falcon Boys are artists, musicians and gifted mechanics. So much for stereotypes.
Set in the small northern New Zealand township of Kaikohe, Florian Habicht’s film is an empathetic, funny account of life on the poverty line. It focuses on their homegrown Demolition Derbies, which seem to coincide with every festive date on the calendar, including Mother’s Day. Habicht fi nds fl amboyance and poetry in the spectacle of carwreckage, but what’s most arresting about his film is his easy intimacy with the drivers. “Putting a little more tread in the tires” with a chainsaw, for example, they explain their sport, regale us with their exploits and fi nally, relaxing in a hot mineral pool after a hard day at the track, speak with candor, laughter and amazing grace about life in general.
—Bill Gosden, 2004 New Zealand Film Festiva