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Somersault (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 September 2004 (Australia)
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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Adam
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Nicole
Alex Babic ...
Brian the barman
Elizabeth Muntar ...
Ticket Vendor
Justin Martin ...
Guy
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Sean
Joshua Phillips ...
Josh
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Joe
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Stuart
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Roy
Bruce Ross ...
Staring Man
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John Sheerin ...
Pat
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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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Love can turn you upside down.

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Drama | Romance

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16 September 2004 (Australia)  »

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16 лет. Любовь. Перезагрузка.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 70,769 (Australia) (12 September 2004)

Gross:

$92,214 (USA) (29 June 2006)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Somersault
Written by Decoder Ring
Performed by Decoder Ring and Lenka Kripac (as Lenka)
Produced by Decoder Ring
Control
Licensed courtesy Red Carpet Productions
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What a waste
9 July 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Long, pointless, pretty shots of cows and clothes pegs fail to compensate for the lack of thematic vision that this film betrays. Abbie Cornish's performance, whether due to poor direction or lack of skill, is truly awful. On the other hand, Sam Worthington shines on screen and does the best he can with an insufficiently developed character.

I was looking forward to seeing this film because I'd heard good things about it. It won multiple awards and I'd heard snippets of the lovely Decoder Ring soundtrack over the radio.

Somersault is symptomatic of an Australian film industry that's lost its balls. None of the discipline it takes to put together a good screenplay and execute an interesting film can be found here. What a disappointment.


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