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Somersault (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 September 2004 (Australia)
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A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.

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Martha (as Anne Louise Lambert)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Love can turn you upside down.

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Drama | Romance

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16 лет. Любовь. Перезагрузка.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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The New Emperor of Sad
Written by Eadie / Gallagher / Galeazzi
Performed by Karma County
Produced by Brendan Gallagher
Universal Music Publishing
Licensed courtesy of Karma County Productions
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Somersault a sexual journey
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SOMERSAULT is a well handled treatment of a young 16 year old girl's journey through the discovery of her own sexuality and how to separate love from sex through creative encounters and experimentation. It is a very even handed portrayal staying clear of any moral or cultural judgments, with delicate if not provocative undertones and undergarments. Heidi who left under a misunderstanding when she quite innocently had an affair with her mother's live in boyfriend, heads to the symbolic wilds of New South Wales where she meets several of the movies characters all involved in their own emotional development or lack there of and are destined to repeat the nightly beer bashes and multiple empty (although enjoyable) sexual encounters where this critic felt an immediate connection with their strife. Heidi's life is rapidly becoming a slow alcohol induced, sexually propelled train wreck when finally the retarded aborigine boy sagely suggests that she simply should call her mom, who comes and picks her up and all is forgiven. The character of the gay farmer served no purpose to propel the story line and in my opinion was a cheap ploy to get most movie critics who are wired that way to come see the movie. Heidi's smirk reflected in the window of her mother's car at the end of the move serves as a perfect juxtaposition to her curious look at the opening scene while removing her surrogate stepfather's pants. A masterfully balanced film that I give a five star stretchability factor to. Don't walk but run to see this movie!!


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