The Year My Voice Broke
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The Year My Voice Broke
The life of a teen in an isolated small town is the subject of Australian writer/director John Duigan's film, set in 1962 in New South Wales. Duigan's coming-of-age story has many familiar elements -- Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) discovers his sexual attraction to a childhood playmate (Leone Carmen as Freya), he undergoes the taunts of bullies at his school, rages against the narrow-minded views of his parents and many of the townspeople, and comes under the influence of a sympathetic adult (Bruce Spence as Jonah, a would-be writer who lives in an abandoned railroad car). The twist is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"The characters are memorable ones, and beautifully played by the three young newcomers, with Noah Taylor especially effective as the lovesick Danny."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although most of this is rather familiar stuff...the treatment is sufficiently sincere and nuanced to give it a touch of poignancy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Though it covers familiar territory, this well-acted, skillfully photographed film is a gentle examination of the rites of passage."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bittersweet Australian coming-of-age tale"
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"A film to restore one's faith in films about the transition from adolescence to adulthood."
‑ , Time Out
"This isn't an adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy, so the impossible never happens, and it's a credit to the movie that it doesn't."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Wonderful, perceptive, and original Australian film about the magic and anguish of adolescence."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's solid, involving and uncomfortably familiar -- another good, but not great, coming-of-age drama."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Apollo Guide
"It is so pleasant and unpretentious that we can almost forget the total lack of surprise in this deftly acted Australian film."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"This funny, touching, truthful gem of a film is one of the ongoing pleasures of Australian cinema, and is as fresh and compelling on its 21st anniversary as it was on its acclaimed release"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Duigan's gift for characterization and feel for period give the film its haunting and evocative mood, and hint at something altogether darker than the average teen flick."
‑ , Film4
"Nice effort from Duigan, and a smashing introduction by Noah Taylor, who would fly so high in Shine."
‑ Christopher Null,
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