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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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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 <>

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Love can turn you upside down.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Australia)  »

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16 лет. Любовь. Перезагрузка.  »

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$82,418 (Australia) (10 September 2004)


$91,894 (USA) (23 June 2006)

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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?
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Struggling to find affection in a surprisingly moving and beautiful film.
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautifully filmed story, the two film comparisons that come to mind are The Virgin Suicides and Morvern Callar. All of these films feature young girls, coping with circumstances that throw them into a spiral - an internal spiral - filmed with grace, attention to detail and a good ear for the soundtrack. There are difficult moments here, where I found myself saying 'Don't do it, don't do it', but she does because inexperience and lack of confidence make for poor choices. As soon as you can place yourself in her shoes, you will find this film moving, and very clearly (and poetically) observed. I recommend this film very highly, both for its clean and original voice - and very Australian voice - and the sympathy we feel for its very real lead characters.

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