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In Her Skin (2009)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 2009 (Australia)
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The parents "Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto" of a missing girl launch a frantic search for their daughter, unaware that the child's former baby sitter "Ruth Bradley" has murdered her. A true tale of jealousy turned to murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Mr. Barber
Miranda Otto ... Mrs. Barber
Ruth Bradley ... Caroline Reid Robertson
Sam Neill ... David Reid
Kate Bell ... Rachel Barber
Khan Chittenden ... Manni
Graeme Blundell ... Ivan
John Butler John Butler ... Busker
Justine Clarke ... Irene
Diane Craig Diane Craig ... Joy
Jack Finsterer Jack Finsterer ... Patterson
Rebecca Gibney ... Gail
Eugene Gilfedder Eugene Gilfedder ... DePyle
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Mclean
Steven Vidler ... Drew
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The parents "Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto" of a missing girl launch a frantic search for their daughter, unaware that the child's former baby sitter "Ruth Bradley" has murdered her. A true tale of jealousy turned to murder.

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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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English

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2009 (Australia) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The television show "Australia's Most Wanted", (1999) did a piece on Rachel Barber's disappearance. However, the episode aired two weeks after Rachel's body was found. The show included an update to accompany the piece on Rachel. 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 family's has its daughter go missing, and we see why here...not bad overall
14 July 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

In Her Skin (2009)

Rather compelling. And a knock out performance by one of the leads, the troubled young girl Caroline played by Ruth Bradley.

This is a real life story of a murder of a girl in Australia (and the production is Aussie, so sometimes the accents a bit think for an outsider). It strives for basic realism, so the acting and photography and editing are fairly straight forward. And well done.

Because of these very same things, the movie doesn't rise above. It depends on the story to make it special, and of course the story is sordid and scary, but it isn't actually so unusual in our murderous world. So things stay firmly rooted all along.

What you might expect after awhile is some insight into the girls, and the families around them, since this is almost entirely what the movie is about. In a more obvious way, the theme also centers on beauty and the opposite of beauty. The two girls, Caroline the overweight angry kid and Rachel the successful dancer kid, are opposites in almost every way. The way society makes judgments, and the way girls see themselves through society's lens, are very much what (apparently) led to the eventual violence.

Oddly enough, even though I like this, it isn't necessarily special enough to recommend. Maybe if the themes sound good, go for it. Or the idea of a simple, realistic glimpse of modern upper middle class Australia.


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