The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

JOHN DUIGAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Australia, 1987.  .  Screenplay by John Duigan.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , Roger Ford, .  Film Editing by .  

This is the first of two films about the coming of age of a young Australian teenager, played brilliantly by . He enjoys a quiet but stifling life in his small outback town, spending most of his time with his best friend ( ), a girl he’s known since childhood. Now in high school, the two of them befriend a wild-mannered jock () who captivates Taylor and captures Carmen’s heart. When the happy couple get into deep trouble, things change and Taylor realizes that the joys of his youth will never be the same. The second film, Flirting, is far better, but John Duigan still gives this film a great sense of detail and poignancy that make it memorable.

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