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Somersault

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Somersault

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
106 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/21/06
performer:
Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran
director:
Cate Shortland
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
author:
60447
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Lost, lonely, longing 16-year-old sexpot or irritating indie-movie crazy girl? In Somersault, a big prizewinner in writer-director Cate Shortland’s native Australia, Heidi (Abbie Cornish) is both. She runs away from home after getting caught fooling around with her mother’s boyfriend, takes a bus to a ski resort on the road to nowhere, and proceeds to seek out other wrong men in other beds, sorting out the differences between love and sexual desire as she tumbles. The character can be a dolt, but Cornish is a marvel, exuding a reckless hunger and prowling with a sexuality of potent directness.

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