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After making a misjudged advance towards her mother's boyfriend, 16-year-old Heidi flees her home for the small Australian ski town of Jindabyne. Entranced by the startling beauty of the wintry landscapes and falling snow, she begins to create a new life for herself. With little money or practical experience, she accepts a job at a petrol station and finds lodging with Irene. When she falls for Joe, the son of a wealthy local farmer, her self-destructive tendencies re-surface, and her fragile new world threatens to come tumbling down. An erotic, lyrical depiction of a young girl's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Generous and authentic."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"My impression remained this time around of an unfinished screenplay in which too many intervals of small talk masqueraded as the forerunners of emotional events that never materialized."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Newcomer Abbie Cornish is a revelation of empathy and dramatic transparency in a role riddled with moral landmines."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Pretty slow and predictable, and filled with soap opera-like plot contrivances."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"How a down-to-earth country like Australia grew so attached to the pretentious Somersault, I have no idea."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"[Cornish] creates a character who pulls us in and makes us recoil all at once."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Heavy on atmosphere but very light on plot."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A psychological drama that registered with audiences and critics alike because of its heartfelt painful story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Moves with all of the sluggish energy of stop-and-go traffic during rush hour. It just keeps marking time until Heidi has another brief sexual encounter with some new guy."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Heartfelt, painful, exhilarating and, above all, truthful."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Shortland's payoff is good and redolent of wisdom. But getting there is like sitting in a waiting room with stale magazines."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A well-wrought if modest movie that lingers with you longer than many more ambitious pictures."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"An incisive and emotive account of a girl masquerading as a woman, and the danger that entails."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This is an honest movie that should, but probably won't, be seen by the tweenie crowd."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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