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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bartholomew Rose ...
'Gilby' Fryer
Felix Nobis ...
Jock Blair
Josh Picker ...
'Backa' Bourke
Kiri Paramore ...
'Slag' Green
Christopher Laidlaw (as Marc Gray)
Gregg Palmer ...
Colin Proudfoot
Joshua Marshall ...
'Cheddar' Fedderson
David Wieland ...
'Possum' Piper
Craig Black ...
'Pup' Pierdon
Greg Gilmore (as Leslie Hill)
Mr. Morris Cutts
Mr. Rupert Elloitt


Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, Thandiwe, studying at a nearby girl's school. Their affair blossoms while everyone tries to stop it. Nicole Kidman also appears as a sexually repressed senior at Thandiwe's school. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Rated R for scenes of teen sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Idade das Emoções  »

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$2,415,396 (USA)

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Intended to be the Australian-born Nicole Kidman's farewell to Australian cinema; by the time the film went into production, she had received international acclaim for her part in Dead Calm (1989), and was being courted by US studios to appear in American productions. She wouldn't star in another Australian film for another decade, (Moulin Rouge! (2001)). As a result of Kidman's fame, she received top billing and was prominently featured in print advertising for the film, despite only appearing in a few scenes. Conversely, star Noah Taylor appeared in print ads only in silhouette. See more »


Danny Embling: I don't think fate is a creature or a lady... like some people say. It's a tide of events sweeping us along. But I'm not a fatalist, because I believe you can swim against it... and sometimes grasp the hands of the clock face... and steal a few precious minutes. If you don't... you're just cartwheeled along. Before you know it, the magic opportunities lost. And for the rest of your life... it lingers on in that part of your mind... which dreams the very best dreams... taunting and tantalizing ...
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Written by Little Richard (as Penniman) / Dorothy La Bostrie (as La Bostrie) / Joe Lubin (as Lubin)
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Truly Romantic
21 August 2002 | by (Steilacoom, WA) – See all my reviews

The only reason I even watched this movie (at first) is because there was nothing else on tv, and I saw from the commercial that Nicole Kidman was in it. I'd seen Noah Taylor in the Tomb Raider movie and loved his dorky, scatterbrained performance. So I sat down and watched it. I was amazed. This movie is GREAT for a romantic person. The difficulty of the situation in Africa, combined with sad romance, repression, and brutality was enough to make me feel the emptiness that comes with the longing for true love that every girl and boy feels at one point or another. I rented the movie on video, and was surprised to find that very little was cut out; just a few slightly racier moments, and a foul word or two, plus one scene at the end was double-shot to have Thandie Newton in a bra and panties rather than naked. Rent it and watch if you're a longing romantic, or if you want to be one. Ah, love is such exquisite pain.

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