This is a beautiful movie...it reminded me of two things: the "Clan of the Cave Bear" books, and The Secret of Roan Inish. It's mesmerising. It's epic...and it's all about girl power.
It's about what happens when the new chief of the Maori told of in legend is born a girl instead of a boy. She's the One...and no matter how hard she and her grandfather try to ignore that fact, she can't help being the One. Her power sort of leaks out her fingertips. She can't not use it, even though it angers her grandfather.
As Shakespeare wrote one Twelfth Night: "Some are born great, some acheive greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." Paikea has had greatness thrust upon her, and as she begins to understand that this is so, she still has to convince her grandfather...
It's a great story...truly legendary.