Somersault (2004)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Babic ...
Brian the barman
Elizabeth Muntar ...
Ticket Vendor
Ben Tate ...
Joshua Phillips ...
Bruce Ross ...
Staring Man
Lynette Curran ...
John Sheerin ...
Anne-Louise Lambert ...
Martha (as Anne Louise Lambert)


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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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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Was originally going to be filmed predominantly in and around Canberra and nearby Lake George, but the ongoing drought on Australia's eastern seaboard meant that the lake was totally dry. Being that a body of water is a focal point for the film, the setting was changed to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains, where the drought's effects were not as severe. See more »


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


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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Bitter Plum
Written by Amanda Brown
Translation by Shu-Cheen Yu
Performed by Shu-Cheen Yu, Michael Bartolomei, Johnathan Zwartz, Hamish Stuart & Bob Henderson
Produced by Amanda Brown
Licensed courtesy Red Carpet Productions
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Very well done
13 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although slow to start I found I became increasingly involved in the story (young girl finding out what's appropriate in life and love) as the characters lives unfolded. By the end I was totally hooked. There might have been an attempt to show too many facets of the Australian character in this movie, but, in the end I didn't mind because the characterizations were so good. Rare to find in any movie. Was also nice to enjoy some good acting from unknown faces and excellent cinematography - the film had a great look - pale blue/white and red, and good editing. Don't be put off by the negative comments in other reviews, I know I shouldn't say this, but I think they've missed the point :)

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