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Somersault [2004] [DVD]

Abbie Cornish , Sam Worthington , Nathaniel Dean    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Erik Thomson, Hollie Andrew
  • Directors: Nathaniel Dean
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42N64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Australian coming-of-age drama, written and directed by Cate Shortland. Heidi (Abbie Cornish) is a young girl living with her single mother and exploring her own burgeoning sexuality. When she is thrown out by her mother, she travels to the ski resort of Lake Jindabyne to look up a former boyfriend, whom she is upset to find is no longer interested in her. Stuck by herself in the resort, Heidi uses her body to befriend a diverse cross section of the community, and begins an intense relationship with the morose Joe (Sam Worthington) that sends each of their ideas about sexuality and the future spiralling out of control.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a movie 11 Sep 2005
By A Customer
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tender look at a lost teen. 20 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little girl lost... 27 July 2006
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By minky
I brought this as I'm a fan of Sam Worthington. Don't be fooled by what it says on the box - this film is hopelessly disjointed, full of gaps that you are left to fill in yourself. It is full of misery which I could tolerate if there was a half decent conclusion to the whole tale of woe, but there isn't. If you really feel the need to watch it, I suggest you rent or borrow a copy, as you won't want to watch it a second time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars no real story line 20 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
i dont know why i watched the whole film but it was slow and boring, good idea but after the first 20minutes nothing really happened.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but doesn't really take off 8 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Good idea but doesn't really take off. Some great scenes and moments but still the script feels a bit unfinished and it lands a little like a collage of the film maker's sources of inspiration, like Lukas Moodyson, Terrence Mallick and Andrea Arnold – maybe?
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Cate Shortland's poignant compilation of sexual longing, self-discovery and redemption captures the tenderness of a young and fractured mind. This Australian born film captures brilliantly the raw and fractured journey of 16 year old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) whose life begins to spiral out of her control when she is forced to flee to the snowy ski resort of Lake Jindabyne after being caught in a brief moment of intimacy with her mother's boyfriend. Left with no choice but to fend for herself, Heidi searches for an unrequited purpose to fulfil her now disjointed life. Heidi's distance from the dangers of reality surface when she experiments with lust, love and friendship as she struggles to come to terms with the self-inflicted push from childhood into adulthood. Shortland's icy, yet dreamy and sometimes unspoken cinematography invites us delve deep into Heidi's character and open the doors into a neurotic child's mind. Heidi's naivety is veiled by her erratic behaviour and carnal involvement with men in an attempt to discover her path, amid painful confusion. Abbie Cornish (Best actress- 2004 Australian Film Institute) captures Heidi's character with honesty and simplicity, and Dakota Ring's unprecedented compositions praise this film with a poetic and unafraid soundtrack. This independent film proves mesmerising and gently poignant, able to move and obligate us to revisit our own inhibitions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars darkly sweet coming of age love story
Good story and cast. A young Sam Worthington shines brightest. Abbie Cornish plays her role with conviction. They both make the viewer care about their characters.
Published 8 months ago by Melancholia
5.0 out of 5 stars wrong info on case
good film but someones cheating a bit case shows scenes not in the film sad really this perhaps could be shown to 16-18 year olds letting them know they are not alone when trying... Read more
Published 20 months ago by teresa
1.0 out of 5 stars A veritable dog's dinner
If you are of a certain age you will no doubt be able to recall those dodgy Australian drama series of the 1970's, where the actors were clearly reading their lines off the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. E. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars another great aussie movie
Small and beautiful aussie film ; young girl runs away from home to snowy lake jindabyne where she begins to use her sexuality to survive much to the disgust of some of the locals... Read more
Published 24 months ago by cartoon
2.0 out of 5 stars Never quite lands on its feet
Like last year's Bright Star, Somersault sees the luminous Abbie Cornish steal every scene in a neatly framed, well-meaning, but vapid love story. Read more
Published on 16 May 2010 by R. J. Lister
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves lingering thoughts
The film flows beautifully and the camera ponders over the small moments rather than pushing through the main plot. There is nothing particularly new about this independent film. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2010 by Dan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I watched this movie with high hopes, as a friend had recommended it to me.
I became bored very quickly, i couldnt connect with the main character at all, she seemed to be... Read more
Published on 14 July 2008 by S. Hacking
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful - with 2 superior lead performances
I watched this film last night, and while I wasn't completely sure of it at first, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Read more
Published on 20 July 2007 by Tonkfan
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