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Somersault

UK, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Fiction)

Director: David Mackenzie

Somersault touches an emotional nerve with such sensitivity and control that after 14 minutes you'll want to reach out to the mother and daughter and tell them that everything is going to be okay—but you won't know if it will be. "Don't try to grow up too soon. It'll only backfire on you," says a young mother to her 13 year old daughter, but it has already backfired!

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