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After making a misjudged advance towards her mother's boyfriend, 16-year-old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) 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 (Lynette Curran). When she falls for Joe (Sam Worthington), 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 sexual awakening, SOMERSAULT is a breakthrough debut for both its director and its star.

Coming In: April


Director: Cate Shortland
Producer: Anthony Anderson
Exec. Prod.: Jan Chapman


Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran

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“An impressive feature debut.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“VISCERAL, DREAMY, TENDER AND TERRIFYING. Eerily evokes the marooned feeling between childhood and adulthood. ABBIE CORNISH IS SPECTACULAR.” – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

“A REMARKABLE FILM. Director Shortland has a remarkable eye for detail and the shifting of tones she achieves is flabbergasting.” – Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

“A vision of sexual awakening, notable for the performance by Abbie Cornish.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“****” – Maitland McDonough, TV Guide.com

“RIVETING. Abbie Cornish’s performance is remarkable.” Jack Matthews, New York Daily News

“***1/2 POWERFUL. Abbie Cornish amazes.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

“A hypnotic film with a captivating story and terrific acting. I can't remember a steamier portrayal than Abbie Cornish gives in ‘Somersault’." – Tony Medley, Entertainment Today

“With Cornish leading the way, we're hooked. A breakthrough for director Shortland. She brings extraordinary richness and depths of intimacy and characterization.” – Jay Carr, AM New York

“Abbie Cornish shines.” – Logan Hill, New York Magazine

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Original Soundtrack by Decoder Ring available on Bella Union.

Date for DVD release subject to change.