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The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 1987 (USA)
In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off... See full summary »

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John Duigan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Danny Embling
Loene Carmen ... Freya Olson
Ben Mendelsohn ... Trevor Leishman
Graeme Blundell ... Nils Olson
Lynette Curran ... Anne Olson
Malcolm Robertson Malcolm Robertson ... Bruce Embling
Judi Farr Judi Farr ... Sheila Embling
Tim Robertson Tim Robertson ... Bob Leishman
Bruce Spence ... Jonah
Harold Hopkins ... Tom Alcock
Nick Tate ... Sergeant Pierce
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Headmaster
Anja Coleby ... Gail Olson
Kylie Ostara Kylie Ostara ... Alison
Kelly Dingwall Kelly Dingwall ... Barry
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In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off a chain of events that irreversibly changes the lives of everyone involved. Written by Jojo Mac

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It was incredible. It was the year that changed everything. Forever.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

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English

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17 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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Australian Graffiti See more »

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$213,901
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Dolby

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Trivia

A bodgie was a term used to describe a male member of a particular youth sub-culture in Australia from the end of the Second World War until the early 1960s. See more »

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Freya's hair position changes between camera angles while she's laying down being hypnotized by Danny. See more »

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References The Leech Woman (1960) See more »

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Corinna Corinna
Written by Bo Carter, Mitchell Parish and J. Mayo Williams
Performed by Ray Peterson and also by Noah Taylor
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Communicates the pain of growing up
10 February 2003 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

John Duigan's The Year My Voice Broke stands out from other coming of age films because of its simple honesty and natural performances. Gorgeously photographed in Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia, the film avoids the usual "rites of passage" cliches and makes real the heartbreak of awakening sexuality and feeling alone. Set in 1962, Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) is a sensitive, scrawny 15-year old who is obsessed with his childhood friend, 16-year old Freya Olson (Leona Carmen).

He writes poetry and tries to emulate rock stars to win her over but his voice is always breaking when he tries to sing. Freya, orphaned as a baby and now something of a wild spirit, shares her secrets with Danny in their private place on the nearby rocky crags. Both teens feel isolated, Danny from the macho attitudes of his schoolmates and Freya because of the truth she senses about her mother.

Freya is increasingly attracted to Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), a rugby player who is given to petty crime. Though the mood grows dark, Duigan uses humor to lighten things up when Danny attempts to hypnotize Freya into loving him, and when the boy tries mental telepathy to prevent Freya from kissing Trevor. Danny's loneliness is painfully evident when he tags along with Freya and Trevor on a date and has to endure the agony of watching them make love at a "haunted house". This house plays a significant part in Danny, Freya, and Trevor's relationship and in the film's dramatic climax. Duigan ties his story to the dark secret of the town whose discovery will change the lives of the characters forever and leave you reflecting on the pain of growing up.


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