• Somersault (2004)


Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2006

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Australian teenager Heidi (Abbie Cornish) is left with little choice but to leave home after she's caught red-handed with her mother's boyfriend. With few options, Heidi ends up in Jindabyne, a tourist community. Upon meeting Joe (Sam Worthington) at a bar, she pursues a relationship with him and tries to find something resembling a normal home life. Heidi makes small strides by getting a job and finding a place to stay, but her relationship with Joe must overcome more than its share of hurdles.

Cast: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Erik Thomson, Hollie Andrew, Leah Purcell, Olivia Pigeot, Blake Pittman

Director: Cate Shortland

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Red Carpet Productions Pty. Ltd

Keywords: Love, Growing up, Mother, Emotional, Bar, House, 2000s, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    With Somersault, filmmaker Cate Shortland has expertly served up a vivid and touching tale, one told many times before, but in this well-realized mounting, one that sparkles with fresh awareness. show more

  • 100
    Maitland McDonaghTV Guide Magazine

    Cornish's raw, nuanced performance and Shortland's sympathetic but unsentimental portrayal of Heidi's fumbling steps toward maturity are underscored by Sydney-based band Decoder Ring's catchy, angst-ridden score. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Ms. Shortland has announced her presence as a new filmmaker to be taken seriously, while her star, Abbie Cornish, gives a performance that starts impressively, and gets even better as it goes along.

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