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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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Cate Shortland

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Cate Shortland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbie Cornish ... Heidi
Damian de Montemas ... Adam
Olivia Pigeot ... Nicole
Alex Babic Alex Babic ... Brian the barman
Elizabeth Muntar Elizabeth Muntar ... Ticket Vendor
Justin Martin Justin Martin ... Guy
Ben Tate ... Sean
Joshua Phillips Joshua Phillips ... Josh
Sam Worthington ... Joe
Nathaniel Dean ... Stuart
Paul Gleeson ... Roy
Bruce Ross Bruce Ross ... Staring Man
Lynette Curran ... Irene
John Sheerin John Sheerin ... Pat
Anne-Louise Lambert ... Martha (as Anne Louise Lambert)
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Salto Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 70,769 (Australia), 12 September 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,566, 23 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$92,214, 29 June 2006
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally going to be filmed predominantly in and around Canberra and nearby Lake George, but the ongoing drought on Australia's eastern seaboard meant that the lake was totally dry. Being that a body of water is a focal point for the film, the setting was changed to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains, where the drought's effects were not as severe. See more »

Goofs

When Joe pours hot water onto the icy windscreen of his car, no steam appears. See more »

Quotes

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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Higher Higher
Written by Decoder Ring
Produced and Performed by Decoder Ring
Control
Licensed courtesy Red Carpet Productions
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A dense, uncomfortable film that should be seen.
26 September 2004 | by diane-34See all my reviews

I admit that I'm a film coward-domestic and personal interaction can put me on the edge and yesterday afternoon I was on the edge for the entire length of this movie. That is not to say that the film was in any way poorly made or grade B-it was just the opposite. Somersault was a brilliantly crafted, directed and acted film and it deserves a huge audience around the world. It is nothing a Hollywood film is: no physical violence [but much mental violence and disorder], no crime, no lame sappy ending, no laboratory special effects-in short a real film about real people living real lives.

The GenXers do it differently than my generation did but that is to be expected-I just found Cate Shortland's look into their lives a little edgy for someone further down the age track like me. I admired greatly the acting as well as the cinematography of the film; the direction was superb as Ms. Shortland spliced together the fragmentation of the lives of the principle characters. Those lives were highly disjointed but that is probably a generational comment because the people portrayed seemed less upset about their situations than I felt about them.

The film deserves all the accolades it is receiving-make every effort to see it.


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