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In Her Skin (2009)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 2009 (Australia)
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Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing.

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Mr. Barber
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Mrs. Barber
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Caroline Reid Robertson
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David Reid
Kate Bell ...
Rachel Barber
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Manni
Graeme Blundell ...
Ivan
John Butler ...
Busker
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Irene
Diane Craig ...
Joy
Jack Finsterer ...
Patterson
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Gail
Eugene Gilfedder ...
DePyle
Jeremy Sims ...
Mclean
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Drew
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Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong disturbing violence, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Ruth Bradley, the actress who played Caroline Reed Robertson said she gained 3.5 stone (6.35029318 kg), which is approximately 22 kilograms, or 49 pounds. She did this by drinking beer, protein shakes and eating potato chips. See more »

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It was never shown in the movie how Caroline got Rachel's body to the Kilmore farm. Caroline kept Rachel's body in her apartment for two days. She then wrapped Rachel's body in two rugs and took her, by taxi, to her father's Kilmore farm. Caroline told the taxi driver that she was moving a statue. She then buried Rachel's body in a shallow grave. See more »

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A very tough film to watch, criticise or admire
6 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anyone whose child has gone missing, even momentarily, will connect with the earliest moments of this version of true events, but, perhaps only those for whom the loss remains unresolved for any serious length of time will know how close to their reality this film touches. It is almost relentlessly tough to watch because there is no place for pressure to be relieved, however briefly, by a joke, a glimmer of hope, a slither of a flaw to make us remember we are watching a dramatised version of events. I even find it tough to judge the quality of the acting because too often this film seems so vividly, so uncomfortably, and so chillingly real. I am, if truth be told, just in awe of all the performances I have witnessed and I still have to pinch myself to remember it was "just a film". Is that a compliment?

I felt tears on my cheeks three times during this film, not because I was sad, but because my being had to have an outlet and I couldn't laugh or smile. The emptiness, pointlessness, coldness, loneliness of a missing loved one is so bitingly portrayed and yet saying "okay that's enough, I have got your point" is as futile as the parents of Rachel Barber shouting "Rachel come home" on every street corner they could.

I remember Hitchcock being heavily criticised by some in the industry for a seven minute killing sequence in "Torn Curtain" when that was easier to justify because it was a work of fiction and a thriller rather than "a week or so in the real life of a family". And so I had mixed feelings about "I Am You" when I reflected on some of the things I had seen, including the closing statements popular with "factual" drama.

I am left with these mixed feelings ranging from the reality of the acting to the old adage that imagination is always more powerful than a picture, from the top to the bottom of the things I should feel. And ultimately I cannot give this film a points score because it doesn't feel like it entered the cinematic league stakes. It is a film and if you see it you will feel what it does to you rather than want to talk about to friends. And that IS tough.


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