Somersault (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 21, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A poignant coming-of-age tale marked by a breakout lead performance from Abbie Cornish and a successful directorial debut from Cate Shortland.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Generous and authentic.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Cole Smithey

Newcomer Abbie Cornish is a revelation of empathy and dramatic transparency in a role riddled with moral landmines.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

[Cornish] creates a character who pulls us in and makes us recoil all at once.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Heavy on atmosphere but very light on plot.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A psychological drama that registered with audiences and critics alike because of its heartfelt painful story.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Heartfelt, painful, exhilarating and, above all, truthful.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Shortland's payoff is good and redolent of wisdom. But getting there is like sitting in a waiting room with stale magazines.

Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

A well-wrought if modest movie that lingers with you longer than many more ambitious pictures.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
"Somersault" is a vivid, interesting coming-of-age tale about a young girl who runs away from home, and quickly has encounters and experiences that… More
David S
Have you ever had seen a film that was a critical darling, watch it for yourself and find you wondering what they saw in the film that you appear to be missing?… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Wow, rly flix? That it? And here I am...obviously alone in thinking this was just bloody brilliant. JBit, thanks again...Australian film gets another thumbs up… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Somersault", teenaged Heidi(Abbie Cornish) runs away to a ski resort after being caught making out with her mother's… More
Jens S.
This is the story of a young girl who escapes home after her mum caught her making out with her (mum's) boyfriend and her struggle to build her own life in… More
William Goss
Abbie sleeps around and I don't care...