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Made a clean sweep of the Australian Film Institute awards in 2004 to win in all 13 film categories - the first time this has ever occurred in the award's history. It beat the previous record of eleven AFI awards by The Piano (1993). See more »
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You know when you were a kid, did your mum ever used to spray perfume in the air and sort of walk through it?
She's like that.
No... see, when you leave you still feel her on your skin.
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I find that some films, when I watch them, I don't appreciate them so much, but then afterwards I think about them more and more and realise I really liked them and have to watch it again sometime. With other films I think they're all right at the time, but afterwards I realise what a load of b*llocks they are. I'm sorry to say that "Somersault" belongs in the second category.
The story wasn't at all interesting. It was about a 16-year-old girl who sort of ran away from home, sort of was kicked out, after trying to start a fling with her mother's boyfriend. She goes to Jindabyne, in the mountains, and tries to start a whole lot more flings. And that's about it. We see this teenager have sex with a whole lot of people, and think she's falling in love, and eventually p*ss everyone off, including the audience.
For a start the film had an incredibly amateurish quality. Something about the direction and the cinematography reminded me of the sort of film high school students make - showing close-ups of hands touching things, different coloured lens filters...it seemed pretty weak. The acting wasn't very special, but I did get the feeling that the cast were mostly good actors and that they would go on to have more success in other works (this is coming true for Abbie Cornish). The soundtrack also became repetitive and irritating after a while.
So with a boring storyline, amateurish direction and mediocre acting, there wasn't much left in the film. The lead character was so hard to watch as she was stupid and naive. Even the supposedly nicer characters were all horrid.
I have no idea why this film did so well in Australia but I suppose it's simply because there were very few other films, let alone any good films, released that same year, and everyone is desperate to seek out new Australian talent. I enjoyed seeing Australia on the big screen like that, and parts of it looked very beautiful, but using beautiful landscapes doesn't mean you're a good director. Maybe with a better story this film would have been nicer but I think it was an over-rated and pretentious disaster.
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