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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Somersault by Cate Shortland, 2004 (NR)

with Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Nathaniel Dean, Erik Thomson, Leah Purcell, Hollie Andrew, Paul Gleeson, Damian de Montemas, Olivia Pigeot

After trying to seduce her mother's live-in boyfriend, guilt-ridden teen Heidi (Abbie Cornish) runs away from home and heads for a small ski resort, where her sexual awakening and amorphous yearning for love collide. Rudderless and broke, Heidi exchanges her sexual favors for a place to sleep till she lands a job. But just as she starts to settle in, her irresponsible behavior jeopardizes her fragile equilibrium in this absorbing Aussie import.

Interesting, at the edge of video-art at times, a perspective that has the innocence of its main character, while everything surrounding her is not that innocent. The danger that we could experience when she puts herself at risk is almost erased by this same innocent look of the camera, giving a creepy reading to the scenes. She is fascinating in the way she gives us back a little bit of our childhood, sharing with another man the discovery of what is love and dealing with emotions. Her journey didn't feel like the loss of innocence. On the contrary, it felt like the rediscovery of innocence as she changes the vision of the characters around her. In that sense, it is unusual and relieving.


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