A young girl (Abbie Cornish) runs away from home after she's caught kissing her mother's boyfriend.


Somersault is a real labour of love for Cate Shortland and every element in the film is carefully considered.

Abbie Cornish's performance as Heidi is gutsy and natural, and Sam Worthington as Joe, delivers a complex performance as well.

The cinematography is gorgeous, and the sound design is subtle. Keep your ears open for the lovely soundtrack by Sydney band Decoder Ring.

While the pace of the film may mean you'll need to be a patient viewer, the success of Somersault for me, is that by paring everything back, they've allowed the story to breathe and as a result Heidi's coming of age journey becomes even more meaningful.