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Caterpillar Wish (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 June 2006 (Australia)
A young girl's view on belonging and loss.

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Emily Woodbridge
Jamie Black ...
Marc Peterson
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Susan Woodbridge
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Elizabeth Roberts
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Carl Roberts
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Joel Roberts
Will Traeger ...
Ewan Roberts
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Mary - Bookshop
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Stephen Knight
Renato Musolino ...
Adrian - Police Officer
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Carrie
Sonara Krix ...
Topless Barmaid
Kate Whitbread ...
Annie - Dead Wife
Matilda Whitbread-Phee ...
Katie - Dead Child
Elspeth Ballantyne ...
Mrs. Woodbridge
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A young girl's view on belonging and loss.

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Susan's given up on men. Stephen's given up on life. Elizabeth's given up on marriage. Only Emily believes that they have it in them to change. And she needs them to. See more »

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8 June 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Szárnypróbálgatás  »

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AUD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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This is the first film to be funded by the Australian Film Commission's IndiVision Project Lab. See more »

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Stephen gives Emily a tripod for her camera and then immediately attaches the camera to the tripod. However the tripod is of the style where a baseplate must be first attached the camera base and then clipped into the tripod head. See more »

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Great acting and cinematography fail to save this film from its hackneyed themes and characters
14 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Thoughtful cinematography, potent acting and a wintry, rugged location are not enough to push The Caterpillar Wish forward from the ranks of the trans-Tasman "teen girl's search for identity" films (Somersault, Peaches, In My Father's Den). Starring the talented Victoria Thaine as Emily, a 17 year old who longs for a father, The Caterpillar Wish is woven around an ensemble of characters harbouring secrets in the South Australian coastal town of Robe. Adultery, suicide, family estrangement, teen pregnancy; each character inches forward while struggling against the past.

Written and directed by first-timer Sandra Sciberras, the film demonstrates her skill at extracting powerful performances and offers promise of future success. Unfortunately, it fails to add anything fresh to the genre. Notable were Susie Porter, Emily's mother Susan, a topless barmaid who casually bares her body but exposes her soul to no one; Robert Mammone as Stephen a damaged fisherman; and Wendy Hughes playing Elizabeth, Stephen's frozen sister whose crumpled face reflects her internal anguish. All the characters undergo metamorphosis and, in a closing montage, each emerges to stretch their new and fragile wings in the summer sun.

I left the cinema pondering the film's tag-line, "This winter, one wish will change everything". Sadly, I think the only thing that viewers will wish is that the story had sufficient substance to stay with them longer than the drive home.


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