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June 01, 2006

Somersault

Somersault

This intriguing and unconventional drama from Australia follows the misadventures of a teenage runaway as she experiments with using sex to improve her precarious circumstances. Newcomer Abbie Cornish is a revelation of empathy and dramatic transparency in a role riddled with moral landmines. "Somersault" is a refreshing cautionary tale that makes its points without pandering, preaching, exploiting or judging its tragically flawed protagonist. Writer/director Cate Shortland utilizes a powerful feminist voice and a keen eye for atmospheric detail and narrative subtlety to create layers of escalating dramatic tension.

Not Rated. 136 mins. (B+) (Four Stars)

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