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Somersault (2004)

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New experiences help a young girl learn the differences between sex and love.

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Brian the barman
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Stuart
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Bruce Ross ...
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Pat
Anne-Louise Lambert ...
Martha (as Anne Louise Lambert)
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Storyline

Coming of age: Heidi, 15, runs away from home after her mom sees her kissing mom's boyfriend. She goes to a Snowy River resort where a vague job offer doesn't pan out. She manages to find a place to live and a job at a convenience store. She's between childhood -- nursery rimes and a scrapbook of glittery unicorns - and adulthood - working, sorting out emotions and sexuality, and dealing with social slights and false charges of bad behavior. She's attractive and her loneliness makes her vulnerable. She sleeps with Joe, the son of local ranchers, and she awakens in him feelings he can't express. Is there any way she can put off adulthood and be a kid awhile longer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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kissing | love | scrapbook | sex | store | See more »

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Love can turn you upside down.

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Australia)  »

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Somersault  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,566 (USA) (21 April 2006)

Gross:

$91,894 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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Took 7 years to make. See more »

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When Joe pours hot water onto the icy windscreen of his car, no steam appears. See more »

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Joe: You know when you were a kid, did your mum ever used to spray perfume in the air and sort of walk through it?
Richard: [nods]
Joe: She's like that.
Richard: Like perfume?
Joe: No... see, when you leave you still feel her on your skin.
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Very realistic
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beyond the aesthetically beautiful nature of this movie lies a story that is compelling in its realistic portrayal of young love and loneliness. The story moves along slowly, but I felt that this only added to the credibility of the plot, as most life situations aren't jam-packed with intense drama. The characters are flawed and complex - the main character Heidi is at once naive and youthful, and grown-up and savvy. The story details are slowly inserted, sometimes just through imagery - leaving the viewer to assume much of the back story - the movie does not feel contrived because you aren't being told every small detail and how the director wants you to judge each character. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys artistic camera angles, realistic characters and situations, and doesn't mind slowing down to enjoy a good story.


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