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Lake Mungo (2008)

A supernatural drama about grief.

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Mathew Palmer
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Tania Lentini ...
Georgie Ritter
Cameron Strachan ...
Leith Ritter
Judith Roberts ...
Iris Long
Robin Cuming ...
Garret Long
Marcus Costello ...
Jason Whittle
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Kim Whittle
Carole Patullo ...
Sargent Drouin
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Kirsty McDonald ...
Genevieve Trudeau
James Lawson ...
Frederick Rosskamp
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Sixteen-year-old ALICE PALMER drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, RAY KEMENY. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story. Written by Georgie Nevile

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and brief gruesome images | See all certifications »

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29 January 2010 (USA)  »

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AUD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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The story takes place in December of 2005. In an interview with the grandparents of the victim, she says "the autopsy was performed on the Monday the 27th." and that the "coroner released the body on Tuesday the 28th." In fact, the 26th of December was the Monday and Tuesday was the 27th. See more »

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Kim Whittle: Alice kept secrets.She kept the fact that she kept secrets a secret.
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A completely unexpected gem.
16 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lake Mungo is an excellent documentary-style ghost story from Australia. It was quite different from what I expected. This isn't Paranormal Activity, despite the vaguely similar premise. It's primarily about the story of a family who has lost a loved one and can't let her go. This is much closer to a paranormal triller/supernatural drama than a horror movie. 

Recalled mainly through interviews, camera, and cell phone footage, Lake Mungo is about an Australian family named the Palmer's. Teenage daughter Alice is lost in a drowning accident while on a family outing in 2005. After her death, they still sense her presence in their home, and shadowy images of her begin to show up in photos. Revealing any more of the story than that would be a disservice. 

Kudos to the absolutely excellent acting from the relatively (at least, for this American) unknown cast. This is one of the more "real" feeling fiction documentaries that I've ever seen. This a lot of the reason Lake Mungo was so immersive to me. All the characters seemed like completely genuine people. This almost could have been a documentary that I stumbled upon while flipping through the channels. 

This is probably one of the creepiest movies I've seen since The Others. Very unsettling. Not a lot of big chills and shocks, but it slowly builds an unsettling sense of atmosphere and dread of the unnatural and unknown, along with an unexpected but welcome mystery element. The plot goes a lot of places that might not be expected. At it's heart, Lake Mungo is also a quite sad movie. It was easy for me to believe that these people had lost a beloved daughter, sister, and friend, long before her time. 

 If you're looking for a pure, jump out of your seat popcorn horror flick, this isn't it. I happen to think it's something more interesting than that, though. A movie that sets out to do something different, and does it very well. I loved it. I haven't been this pleasantly surprised by a movie since Triangle.


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