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In Her Skin (2011)

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This is a true story: It's what every parent fears: their child not coming home when they're meant to. On the evening of March 1st, 1999 Rachel Barber, a fifteen year old student, doesn't climb off the tram to meet her dad, Mike. Elizabeth, her mother, and Mike bolt into action. This simple action - not coming home on time - is totally out of character. Something had gone wrong - something bad had happened to their daughter. Caroline Reed is nineteen and overwhelmed with self-hatred. Writing to her parents that she should have been aborted, she looks in the mirror and sees a fat, ugly, pimply, dirty misfit. Nobody likes her, least of all her father who ignores the barrage of mail she sends - a letter a day. Once Rachel's babysitter, Caroline has found an alter-ego that seems to fit neatly into what she wants to be: pretty, "a free-wheeling spirit", a confident, happy girl, a ballet dancer, the grand-daughter of famous Melbourne author, Ivan Southall. Caroline begins to stalk Rachel, noting her clothes, her movements. She applies for a new birth certificate. In Rachel's name - but with her address. Days roll by - a week passes. Elizabeth loses twenty kilos. Mike turns grey. Manni can't function. Almost two weeks later, a computer analyst with Missing Persons; DePyle, sees one of the posters on his way to work. Touched by the desperate effort of the parents he commences his own private can't be official;there's no foul play. Will this crew unravel the mystery of Rachel’s disappearance when the police are unwilling to?


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: February 11th, 2011 (Limited) by IFC Films, released as In her Skin (NY)
MPAA Rating: R for strong disturbing violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.
(Rating bulletin 2177, 6/22/2011)
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Keywords: Death of a Son or Daughter, Segments, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Liberty Films, Screen Australia
Production Countries: Australia

Leading Cast

   Mike Barber
   Elizabeth Barber
   Caroline Reid Robertson
   David Reid

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Production and Technical Credits

Simone North    Screenwriter
Jane Moran    Editor
Peta Lawson    Production Designer
Jules O'Loughlin    Cinematographer
Terry Ryan    Costume Designer
Andrew Neil    Sound Designer
Andrew Neil    Re-recording Mixer
Ben Frost    Composer
John Butler    Composer
Susie Maizels    Casting Director
Kelley Abbey    Choreography
Irene Dobson    Line Producer
Barbara Gibbs    Line Producer
Lynne O'Brien    Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer

Limited Releases are Pure Poetry

February 11th, 2011

For the past several weeks, the Oscars have scared off a lot of competition for art house crowds. However, this week not only do we have Oscar Shorts opening, there are several films earning award-worthy reviews. My only concern is that there are so many strong choices, some of them will fall between the cracks and won't find the audience they deserve. More...

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