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Somersault (2004)

Abbie Cornish , Sam Worthington , Cate Shortland  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Damian de Montemas, Olivia Pigeot
  • Directors: Cate Shortland
  • Writers: Cate Shortland
  • Producers: Anthony Anderson, Jan Chapman, Miranda Dear
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FSMEE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Somersault" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Inside The Snowdome: Making Somersault" featurette
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by director Cate Shortland
  • "Shooting Somersault" interview with cinematographer Robert Humphreys

Editorial Reviews

After making a misjudged advance towards her mother's boyfriend, 16-year old Heidi flees her home for a small Australian ski town. An erotic, lyrical depiction of a young girl's sexual awakening. Stars Abbie Cornish.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Living Down Under, Heidi (Abbie Cornish) might be only 16, but she has the body of an older woman. Lonely and struggling to deal with new feelings, she makes a pass at her mother's tattooed boyfriend. He of course reciprocates, but they are caught by her mother (Olivia Pigeot)), who totally freaks. Rejected by her mother, a shattered Heidi runs away from home. Because she is willing to trade her body for a place to stay and transportation, things are not looking promising for Heidi. Then she has a bit of lucky, because she crosses the path of Joe (Sam Worthington), the son of a farmer, who is drawn to the nymph but is not interested in taking advantage of her.

So when she gets in his pickup he takes her to this ski resort town, which is not in the off-season, and there she tries to make a life for herself. Joe puts her up for the night in a motel run by Irene (Lynette Curran), who is willing to let Heidi stay in the flat behind the place that her son used to stay in as long as she pays rent and does not cause trouble. Heidi scours the town for a job at gets one working behind the counter at the BP station. She is way too needy for Joe, who has his own problems, but he sees her from time to time until she asks him if he is her boyfriend. He does not respond well to pressure and perhaps he is put off by her trashy background. In fact, that seems to be what most of the people in this town think about her, which is brought home in a scene that is representative of the tenor of this film.

At several key moments in "Somersault," the film does exactly that. You think you know what is about to happen when Heidi is being given a ride and the guy suddenly turns off the road to show her something; but the expected does not happen.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little girl lost... July 27, 2006
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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 young, 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coming of age movie from a female perspective January 12, 2008
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This movie resonated deeply with me as it will with most females but that's not to say that men cannot enjoy it as well. It's one of those films that both sexes will like but will view it differently. It's a haunting film about a 16 year old girl coming to terms with her sexuality and finding her way in life.

We first met Heidi as her mom's boyfriend sends her into the local bar to get her. Her mom is annoyed when Heidi shows up (a younger version of herself) as she apparently enjoys the company of fellow male patrons more then staying at home. Abby is annoyed at her mom for the way she acts with other men. Typical mother/daughter relations when the daughter starts to become a woman. But Heidi's first attempts at feminine wiles are inappropriate and have dire consequences. She's devastated by her own actions as well as her mother's reaction and decides to run away. Abby goes to a resort town where she thinks she can get a job from a guy she met. He had given her his card and told her to call if she was ever in the area but of course, he did not really mean it and I felt for her when she made this call. She is stuck in a town with no place to stay and she does the only thing she knows works (me thinks her mom has not been the best role model), let a man have sex with you in exchange for drinks, a place to stay - fill in the blank really. Heidi is in that very awkward stage between childhood and becoming a woman. The actress (Abby Cornish) plays her with amazing skill, her whole body language tells the story. Heidi soon hooks up with Joe (Sam Worthington) who also wants to "sleep" with her but she mistakes his backhanded kindness for love and calls every number in the town's phone book until she tracks him down. He ignores her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars but abbie cornish is not at her cinematic best.
a so-so film, only notable for the fact that sam worthington does gay,way outside his comfort zone, but gives a credible performance nevertheless. Read more
Published 8 days ago by tito shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Not what I expected. It is a little hard to follow and get into, but there is some merit to it.
Published 2 months ago by Clayton
4.0 out of 5 stars For the open minded
Not knowing what to expect other than Abbie Cornish staring in this film when she was 21 years of age, her innocence for the role she portrayed was excellent and interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anna Chason
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Treasure of a movie
Always loving Sam Worthington, a gem of a movie and the amazing sexual chemisty of Abby
Cornish with Sam. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lakey Hibler
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth checking out
This is a cool little film. Subtle and intelligent and well acted. Weird that this is the girl from Suckerpunch, such a different girl in this movie!
Published 12 months ago by Erich W. Ulmer
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE I SUPPOSE SOMEONE COULD RELATE TO BUT...
THIS MOVIE I SUPPOSE SOMEONE COULD RELATE TO BUT...I DIDN'T HAVE A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE OR FIND ANY REAL MEANING IN IT. IT'S ABOUT A TROUBLED TEEN... Read more
Published 15 months ago by AHOHD
3.0 out of 5 stars OK movie with just enough plot to keep it interesting
Its an OK movie with just enough plot to keep it interesting. Unfortunately, the life spiral the actress finds herself caught within is probably more truth than fiction for many... Read more
Published 15 months ago by CyberChat
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time!
This movie wasn't quite what I expected. Everything for this young lady happened very quickly. There wasn't enough back story to go along with who this young girl was. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A Gr8 Luv Her
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting
Very interesting and thought provoking movie about love, class distinctions and the inexperience of the young in the mountains of Australia.
Published 16 months ago by George Brecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Litlle Known Film
Cannot give any of the plot away but Cate Shortland was/is a truely moving actress.
If you are a fan of Sundance and IFC films, you will love this.
Published 17 months ago by Randy Young
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