Heidi is sixteen. Starved of affection, she uses one night stands as a substitute for the physical and emotional contact she craves at home but never gets. Caught in bed with her mother’s boyfriend, she runs away to an ort-of-season ski resort in the Australian mountains where the cycle of casual sex looks likely to continue. Then she meets Joe, the son of a wealthy local farmer. At last the troubled teenager seems to have found the real love she so desperately needs. But when Joe backs off, beset with problems of his own, Heidi is hurt and confused and left struggling to make sense of her life before she loses everything…
Dull characters and a weak story.
- Somersault review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Somersault revolves around the character of Heidi, a sixteen year old girl who leaves home after being caught in bed with her mother's boyfriend. On the promise of a job she heads to a nearby snowy mountain town called Jindabyne, though when she arrives she finds the job has fallen through. Looking for a job and somewhere to live she befriends a local guy, who himself is battling his own personal problems. For a small Australian indie film 'Somersault' has received a lot of attention, but for the life of me I have no idea why. Although I love slow paced low key indie films, even I found this to be one of the most boring and uninteresting films ever I've seen. While it attempts to look at the struggles of a teenager running away from home to find some inner peace, it fails to engage you as a viewer because as it plods along at a painfully slow pace, nothing much happens, even as a character study it fails as none of the characters have any depth. That aside, the cinematography is pretty, the acting decent enough, but with such a weak story, wooden and clichéd dialogue and one dimensional characters it doesn't make much of a film.