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Beautiful (2009)

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After another teenager disappears from the idyllic suburb of Sunshine Hills, Suzy, the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel, a fourteen-year-old with an obsessive crush, to help her uncover the truth.


Dean O'Flaherty


Dean O'Flaherty
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Mrs. Thomson
Peta Wilson ... Sherrie
Aaron Jeffery ... Alan
Asher Keddie ... Jennifer
Erik Thomson ... Frank
Sebastian Gregory ... Danny
Tahyna MacManus ... Suzy (as Tahyna Tozzi)
Socratis Otto ... Max
Laura Trevor Laura Trevor ... Amanda Howatt
Joe Meldrum Joe Meldrum ... Boy Playing Cricket
Corey Boutwell Corey Boutwell ... Boy Playing Cricket
Nat Nilson Nat Nilson ... Boy Playing Cricket
Ben Cosh Ben Cosh ... Boy Playing Cricket
Harris Goudas Harris Goudas ... Boy Playing Cricket
Jess Bosisto Jess Bosisto ... Girl on Roller Skates


After another teenager disappears from the idyllic suburb of Sunshine Hills, Suzy, the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel, a fourteen-year-old with an obsessive crush, to help her uncover the truth.

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Get me some secrets


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, sexual material, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Kojo Pictures





Release Date:

5 March 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Belleza asesina See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,340 (Australia), 8 March 2009, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kojo Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the suburban setting was Sunshine Hills. This suburb of Adelaide is fictional but in real life was the Adelaide suburb of Urrbrae. See more »


The film is made by an Australian company, and seems based in Australia, but the vehicles used are a mix of right-hand drive (used in Australia, Great Britain, etc.) and left-hand drive (used in U.S., Canada, etc.). When Alan drives Daniel home, it's right-hand drive; when one of the abducted girls gets into the black car, it's right-hand drive; when Sherrie gets up in the morning and goes to the doctor, it's left-hand drive... and yet, she is shown driving on the left-hand side of the road, as they do in Australia. See more »


[first lines]
Suzy: When people visit Sunshine Hills, they comment on the beauty, and the serenity. What they don't talk about, is the real theater resides in our minds. I recall the exact moment that our fear was born. It started when the teenage girls in our neighborhood were being abducted. And number 46 - the *bad* house, with an equally dubious history of rape, and murder - very few tenants.
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References Lolita (1962) See more »

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Interesting, but not highly memorable
26 September 2010 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I was interested in watching Beautiful because I generally like Australian cinema very much.As well as other countries, Australia tends to take the most popular genres from Hollywood, but with a different and particular taste which makes them seem like something new.And one of the formulas it best interprets is the "suburban thriller", as we can see on the excellent films Lantana and Alexandra's Project.Beautiful counted with some elements to be an addition to that group: an unresolved mystery, idyllic characters full of sinister secrets, and solid performances; but the screenplay has various fails, and even though the final result is interesting, it did not leave me completely satisfied.

The dark side of the suburbs has been a fashionable topic since mid-20th century, and some filmmakers have used it with brilliant results.However, Beautiful repeats the most basic features from the sub-genus, and it ends up bringing a simultaneously confusing and a bit predictable story, where the "surprise ending" is truly unexpected...but not because it is particularly ingenious, but because it comes out of nowhere, at the same time it leads to the destiny I had been suspecting from some time before.

Nevertheless, I liked this film, specially because of the performances.Sebastian Gregory brings a credible and detailed performance; I hope to see him in more movies.Tahyna Tozzi shows a good scenic presence and a facility to say pretty much with economy of expression.And the underrated Peta Wilson also made a competent work as a housewife.

In conclusion, despite the fails from the screenplay, I found Beautiful to be interesting and entertaining, but not very memorable.Nevertheless, I think it deserves a recommendation, mainly because of the performances and the good atmosphere achieved by director Dean O'Flaherty.

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