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In Her Skin (2009)

Guy Pearce , Miranda Otto , Simone North  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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: #174,401 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
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie, based on a true story June 12, 2011
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding...Haunting...Tragic... August 25, 2011
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrifying Mystery from Australia April 9, 2011
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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrifying Mystery from Australia 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie but sad
Published 1 month ago by Skye-Maree Grundy
5.0 out of 5 stars A nuanced portrayal of a real life murderer makes this film memorable...
In Her Skin tells the chilling true story of Caroline Reed Robertson and how she murdered fifteen year old Rachel Barber. Read more
Published 8 months ago by titania86
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I was happy to enjoy this movie. It was recommended to me by a friend & was just what I expected.
Published 9 months ago by Terrie tarbox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great true crime movie!!
This is a great movie that is super understated and follows the true story of a young teens death at the hands of a jealous over weight 20 something ex babysitter... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alex Altman
5.0 out of 5 stars True Story
This movie lets you into the world of a very disturbed person. Disturbing for parents. Makes you wonder about letting anyone into your family's lives. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lynn McBee
4.0 out of 5 stars The Spiral Down
In the beginning of this film they don't say it's based on a true story. They say it IS a true story. For the most part I can believe that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric Sanberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbung
This is a real depiction of mental illness based on a real murder. The murder itself is very hard to watch and the actress playing the killer gives a harrowing and raw... Read more
Published 16 months ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this film
This was a wonderfully acted, well written movie. Riviting from start to finish. It realistically captures the feeling of one girls increasing mental illness realistically. Read more
Published 21 months ago by orion725
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and haunting
Watched this last night and it was so very hauntingly sad and disturbing. I definitely recommend it but make sure you have tissues, because you'll need them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesomeness Action packed movies arrive on time and great quality love the movie Love movie lots of action lots of action lots of action. Loved it good movie
Published 23 months ago by Lulu
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