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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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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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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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My Coo Ca Choo
Written by Shelley
Performed by Alvin Stardust
Magnet Music Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Australia
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Australia
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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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