Running Time: 106 mins
Rated: Rated MA
You go up in the air in a somersault. You go to a new place, so to speak.
And, if you keep your eyes open, you will see everything from a different angle, the world is upside down. You then land confidently on your feet.
Australian Cate Shortland's debut film is about a sixteen year old Canberra girl who feels she has to leave home, especially her mother whose boyfriend she was caught kissing. Her journey is an emotional and maturing somersault.
While this is not new material, it is well treated, especially in the performance of Abbie Cornish as Heidi. When she arrives in Jindabyne, expecting to get a job, she doesn't. Nor does she always manage well, especially in the sex department. There is some hope in a liaison (she sees it as love; it never occurs for him to look at it that way) with a rich young farmer (Sam Worthington). She is befriended by a motel owner (Lynette Curran in an earth-mother role) and finds that a family begin to show an interest in her. But, with her inexperience and the emotional baggage she is carrying, she ruins most things. Instead of a somersault, she could flat on her face.
It is the kindness of others that saves her and a realisation that forgiveness is needed - from oneself as well as others.
Fr Peter Malone MSC is the International President of SIGNIS: the World Association for Catholic Communications and an Associate of the Australian Catholic Film Office.