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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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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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Made a clean sweep of the Australian Film Institute awards in 2004 to win in all 13 film categories - the first time this has ever occurred in the award's history. It beat the previous record of eleven AFI awards by The Piano (1993). 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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2 Years On, A Very Moving Film
22 October 2006 | by (sydney) – See all my reviews

I must confess some bias, being a massive fan of the Snowy area :) This film I can see not appealing to those who have never been to the Cooma/Jindabyne area of NSW. They will have no point of reference. For those who have however, this film is simply brilliant. I have stayed at the motel Heidi stayed at. I have visited friends with houses like Joes. The mood/feeling of Heidi around the edges of Lake Jindabyne are uncanny. There is a feeling down there I have not had anywhere else in Australia. A barren, cold feeling that is at once breathtaking and heartbreaking.

Objectively, one could indeed see this movie being light on concerning the plot. In my mind and experiences though, I have never been so engrossed. Heidi and Joes relationship is so tantalising. So possible. It might seem to some as not realistic, but it really is. This is how many, many Australians express themselves ( on a good day! ) It is pure, and wonderful, and simply amazing and I don't care that this may have been the only film close to warranting attention in 2004. It is regardless completely brilliant, and I for one will be holding it close to my heart for a long long time to come.

Australian cinema very rarely gets this close to actual emotion, and this film hits it again and again. Some of it may be contrived or stereotypical, but overall it really is a gem hidden amongst 21st century Australian cinema pap. Enjoy it please :)


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