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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto
  • Directors: Simone North
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJ5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The desire for a new life turns a jealous obsession into a disturbing game of identity theft in this terrifying psychological thriller based on a true story. Homely loner Caroline (Ruth Bradley) longs to escape her tormented adolescence and finds a way by living vicariously through popular girl Rachel (Kate Bell), who seemingly has it all. But Caroline s longing to be someone else soon transforms her hope of breaking free of her own life into a twisted need to replace it with Rachel s. Sam Neill, Guy Pearce, and Miranda Otto all give flawless supporting performances as the parents of the two girls whose lives threaten to intertwine in a deadly way.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shadow Walker on June 12, 2011
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Khan on August 25, 2011
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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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2011
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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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2011
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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
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