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Somersault [DVD]

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  • Actors: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Erik Thomson, Hollie Andrew
  • Directors: Cate Shortland
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009OJ99A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Somersault is the story of a young girl's sensory journey through which she learns the true meaning of love, family and friendship. Living with her mother, sixteen year old Heidi (heart-wrenchingly played by Abbie Cornish in a breakthrough role) looks to short-lived sexual encounters for the physical and emotional contact she craves. Fleeing Canberra for Jindabyne, she meets Joe, the son of a wealthy local farmer that leads to a developing romance in all its complexity. However Joe's relationship with Heidi challenges his ideas of sexuality, class and his future. Illuminated by the lives of others and the power of forgiveness, Heidi discovers she is more than she had realised. Like no other Australian film you will see this year, Somersault marks the important arrival of a gifted writer and director and a new voice in Australian filmmaking.

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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
This is an eminently watchable tale of lost souls looking for a sense of belonging, with towering performances from Abbie Cornish as the fragile and feckless Heidi and Sam Worthington as the directionless Joe.
We first meet Heidi as she commits the seemingly unforgiveable sin of coming on to her mother's boyfriend. Cast out of home, she heads to the ski resort of Jindabyne on the premise that a casual acquaintance once invited her there. Rejected by him, penniless and homeless, the resourceful Heidi learns to sleep with vacationing boys just to get a bed for the night.
The story then follows her struggle for acceptance in a closed community - she finds work and accommodation and meets the emotionally distant Joe, the central relationship of the film.
The cinematography is stunning (if at times a little cliched), with crisp wintry images interspersed with snippets of warmth to mirror the themes of the film.
To pigeon-hole this as a coming of age drama would be to miss the point. Ultimately it is a story about love and forgiveness and is equally applicable to any viewer, be they 18 or 80. Not to be missed!
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Heidi is a sixteen year old girl who runs away from home after being caught in bed with her mother's boyfriend. On the promise of a job she heads to the snowy mountain town of Jindabyne, New South Wales, though when she arrives she finds the job has fallen through and resorts to hanging out in bars with tourists with who she can spend the night.
After a finding a place to live and with a job at a local gas station she begins a tentative relationship with Joe, the son of a local farmer, who himself is battling his own personal issues.
Somersault is essentially a coming of age drama about a young girl who uses her sexuality as a way of seeking out the love and attention which has been absent from her family life. This is a beautifully directed film with great cinematography, an excellent musical score and a stellar performance from Abbie Cornish.
It's a real shame that this film didn't launch writer and director Cate Shortland onto bigger and better things, as she now seems to have settled for directing run of the mill TV crime dramas. Hopefully one day she'll make another film as Somersault is an unusually tender and poetic example of Australian cinema.
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By A Customer on 27 July 2006
Format: DVD
Light, impressionistic and ethereal, the Australian film Somersault steadily grows on the viewer. Very much reminiscent of this maverick and new wave genre of Australian movie making, in Somersault meaning comes from the very modest and a lot happens when very little is being said. It's where a teenage girl sets off on a sexual and moral coming-of-age odyssey that resonates with remarkable truth and purity.

The lovely sixteen-yea-old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) is a bit of a femme fatale. She knows men are attracted to her and she realizes pretty early on that she can probably get whatever she wants from them. After getting caught making out with her Mum's hunky young boyfriend, this lonely and wraithlike girl drifts up to Jindabyne in the Australian Alps of New South Wales.

Constantly yearning for male attention, her striking blond looks make her an easy target for the horny, vacationing boys - they don't hesitate to take advantage of her. She's also a bit of a party girl and thinks nothing of getting drunk and stoned at the local hangouts. As she tries to find employment - she eventually gets a job working the counter in a service station - she catches the eye of Joe (a terrific Sam Worthington), the son of wealthy landowners.

Joe is handsome and likeable enough, although he's very uptight and remains non-committal. At first, he appears to be in it for thrill of sleeping with an underage girl, but his initial hesitancy masks a deep-seated self-loathing, and certain confusion over his sexuality. As much as Heidi needs him, Joe's just too insecure to return her feelings.

Of course, this is a world of entrenched snobbery where the sons and daughters of the wealthy landowners look down on working class girls like Heidi.
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Australian screenwriter and director Cate Shortland's feature film debut which she wrote, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 57th Cannes International Film Festival in 2004, was shot on locations in Australia and is an Australian production which was produced by producer Anthony Anderson. It tells the story about a daughter named Heidi who lives with her mother.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, this rhythmic fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws an intimate and incisive portrayal of a sixteen-year-old who goes on a risky trip far from home and her relationship with a man named Joe. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Robert Humphreys and brilliant use of sound, this character-driven story contains a great score by Decoder Ring which emphasizes the protagonist`s inner states and the poignant atmosphere.

This somewhat enigmatic, romantic and profound indie which is like a poetic poem that reflects over the search for identity with subtle perspectives, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, versatile and emotionally intricate acting performance by Australian actress Abbie Cornish and the substantial acting performance by Australian actor Sam Worthington. A memorable and tender study of character.
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