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In Her Skin [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Guy Pearce , Sam Neill    DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Sam Neill
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJ5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,113 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars True story close to home 20 Sep 2013
By MM
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I lived in the area and my children went to the same primary school.
A chilling reminder of how ones actions impacts on others in both negative, Caroline's response to her family situation, and positive ways, the Missing persons officer who finally took the parents seriously.

Well acted and filmed fairly close to " on location" where the events actually took place.
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3.0 out of 5 stars True-Life Australian drama.... 23 Jun 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It was the star names of Guy Pearce and Sam Neill that made me look twice when scrolling through Sky Movies 'Anytime' selection.

Guy has often been excellent and Sam's always a solid performer and I had hopes that this might be above your average TV 'missing persons case of the week', with some adult-orientated content and good acting.

There's a lot of surface stylised gloss that might seem superfluous, at least initially, in what is essentially a depiction of the shattering life of the outgoing, confident 15 year old Rachel (Kate Bell). She's sexy and with a boyfriend who she is obviously besotted with. Guy Pierce, is husband to Miranda Otto and are the parents to Rachel and they are the ones who raise the alarm to a unsympathetic police.

Sam Neill plays the business-man father of the emotionally troubled Caroline and he is caught between his awkwardness around and toward his daughter (an excellent Ruth Bradley) and to him, his more interesting and productive work-life.

However, the swirling and sweeping camera and heightened experience that director Simone North (who's been in TV production since the 80s, inc. The Flying Doctors) uses certainly makes the film more watchable. There's also a fair amount of fantasy and psychological sequences and cross-cutting of time zones, which does make piecing the events together a little confusing at times, but it does gel after a while.

As the film progresses, we see how these two girls interact and how their friendship might have contributed to the initial outcome. I'm going to leave the plot there - if you watch it then you'll find out more. This is not the sort of film that I would have wanted to pay to see, either at the Cinema, nor as a DVD rental. It's OK as a weekday filler feature, but to be honest, nothing much more than that. 6/10, or 3 stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gutted as I can't play it in the UK 😥 2 Nov 2013
By Linds
Format:DVD
Could not buy it as its a US import ...So wanted this film but couldn't play it as its not right for the UK DVD players . Am totally gutted but there are others and have seen it a couple of times. Very important to me as Rachel was my hubby's 3 rd cousin
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie, based on a true story 12 Jun 2011
By Shadow Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm always skeptical when I hear about movies that are based on true stories. We know how Hollywood likes to play fast and loose with that definition. Often, the movies actually have little in common with the truth. So whenever I watch a movie that is supposedly based on a true story, I often spend more time wondering just how much is real and how much is fiction.

You don't have to worry about that with this film, which depicts the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl, Rachel Barber, who was eventually discovered to have been murdered by 20-year-old Caroline Reid/Caroline Reed Robertson, a former babysiter. The Barber family actually participated with the making of this film. I've read Elizabeth Barber's account of the crime (Perfect Victim, written under her pen name Elizabeth Southall), and the movie hews very closely to her story. Although the murder scene is disturbingly graphic, the film does not come off as some cheap lurid trashploitation film, the way a lot of "true crime" movies do. I felt like the filmmaker (Simone North) really does respect the Barbers and went out of her way to tell their story as best as she could.

This movie is not perfect. I'm not sure how I feel about the movie's structure. I'm not against non-linear storytelling - I enjoyed the movie Elephant by Gus Van Sant - but I don't think North was entirely successful in how she did this. The movie starts off from Mike and Elizabeth's perspective. Then it loops back in time as we switch to Caroline's, then we switch to Rachel's, etc. I just don't think it flowed very well.

The actors are all top-notch, especially Ruth Bradley. She really makes Caroline not come across as a one-note villain.

As for the DVD itself... there are a number of extra features here that people might like. We get a few short deleted scenes, plus a couple of behind-the-scenes clips. I particularly enjoyed the interviews with Guy Pearce and Mirando Otto. (Side observation: Miranda chokes up a few times during her interview when she's talking about the real Rachel. It is strangely touching, maybe because it tells me that this wasn't simply a paycheck for her. She's clearly been affected by the story.) We get to see a number of photos of the real Rachel, as well, along with the rest of the Barber family. It's sobering and really drives home the fact that she was a real person, not simply a character in a movie.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding...Haunting...Tragic... 25 Aug 2011
By Tracey Khan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Both haunting and outstanding. I saw this film with my husband last night. We unknowingly were watching it seperately on two different TVs. Once he saw I was watching it too, we watched together. This is by far one of the best films I have ever seen, and it takes a lot to engage us. We didn't know it was a true story until the end but once we knew, it made sense. You can't make this kind of horror up. All the performances are exceptional. All of them. One truth bothers me more than any other: Caroline was sick, very sick, more than depressed. She should have been institutionalized even at the time she was babysitting Rachel and Caroline's parents must have known this. They must have known because they isolated her from themselves. They were afraid of her. Outstanding film. So, so, so sorry it is true. So sorry.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrifying Mystery from Australia 9 April 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Simone North has written and directed this film which opens with the statement `The is a true story' of a kidnapping and murder of a 15 year old girl in Australia. North tells her story quietly until the brutality intercepts the horror of the incident reported: the film at that point becomes a visual reenactment of a nightmare of a broken mind.

The Barber family appears to be a tender loving ensemble. Mr Barber (Guy Pearce, in a very subdued role) and Mrs Barber (Miranda Otto) are the proud parents of Rachel (Kate Bell), a beautiful and talented dancer who is studying ballet with her boyfriend Manni (Khan Chittendon): the scenes of these two beautiful young people dancing are elegant and sensual at once.

The story jumps backward five years where we meet the babysitter for the Barbers, a strange girl named Caroline Reid (Ruth Bradley) who has severe psychotic problems and is unable to be controlled by her father (Sam Neill).

Back in the present Rachel and Manni have been at dance class but Rachel does not meet her father at the train, and soon it becomes obvious that Rachel is missing. Both the barbers panic and post signs of Rachel all over the city, doing their own detective work because the authorities refuse to treat the missing Rachel as anything but a runaway child. Slowly we discover the role of Caroline in the mystery. Caroline's psychosis includes self-mutilation and self loathing of her overweight body and clumsy appearance. She longs to look like and have the elegance of Rachel. How Caroline uses Rachel to achieve her dreams is the creepy ending to this forceful film.

Each of the actors is excellent but it is a tour de force for Ruth Bradley who gives evidence of a talent to watch. Not a film for the weak of heart but definitely a film that explores the machinations of a sick mind longing for a different identity. Grady Harp, April 11
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrifying Mystery from Australia 15 Aug 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Simone North has written and directed this film which opens with the statement `The is a true story' of a kidnapping and murder of a 15 year old girl in Australia. North tells her story quietly until the brutality intercepts the horror of the incident reported: the film at that point becomes a visual reenactment of a nightmare of a broken mind.

The Barber family appears to be a tender loving ensemble. Mr Barber (Guy Pearce, in a very subdued role) and Mrs Barber (Miranda Otto) are the proud parents of Rachel (Kate Bell), a beautiful and talented dancer who is studying ballet with her boyfriend Manni (Khan Chittendon): the scenes of these two beautiful young people dancing are elegant and sensual at once.

The story jumps backward five years where we meet the babysitter for the Barbers, a strange girl named Caroline Reid (Ruth Bradley) who has severe psychotic problems and is unable to be controlled by her father (Sam Neill).

Back in the present Rachel and Manni have been at dance class but Rachel does not meet her father at the train, and soon it becomes obvious that Rachel is missing. Both the barbers panic and post signs of Rachel all over the city, doing their own detective work because the authorities refuse to treat the missing Rachel as anything but a runaway child. Slowly we discover the role of Caroline in the mystery. Caroline's psychosis includes self-mutilation and self loathing of her overweight body and clumsy appearance. She longs to look like and have the elegance of Rachel. How Caroline uses Rachel to achieve her dreams is the creepy ending to this forceful film.

Each of the actors is excellent but it is a tour de force for Ruth Bradley who gives evidence of a talent to watch. Not a film for the weak of heart but definitely a film that explores the machinations of a sick mind longing for a different identity. Grady Harp, August 11
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done but didn't care for the subject matter. 26 Dec 2011
By Arish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have to honestly say that this was a really good film. Excellent soundtrack and cinematography and acting to say the least. But I just absolutley felt depressed and down after watching it. True this is a true story and its based off of true events. But man it was so dark and somber and disturbing there just wasn't any light at the end of the tunnel. The main character I literly hated and I felt so sorry for the yound girl. And I just actually can't believe she will be getting out of jail next year. How ? How ? is this possible after she did such a horrilbe thing ? Watch at your own risk but I am warning you ..this will bring you down a few notches. You will need a comedy or something light after viewing this.
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