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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 investigation... it 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? -- (C) IFC Filmsmore
Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence, some sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Simone North
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2011
IFC Films

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Guy Pearce
as Mike Barber
Miranda Otto
as Elizabeth Barber
Ruth Bradley
as Caroline Red Roberts...
Sam Neill
as David Reid
Kate Bell
as Rachel Barber
Jack Finsterer
as Patterson
Paul Denny
as Paramedic
Damien Garvey
as Box Hill Cop
Stephen Jenkins
as Richmond Cop
Claude Minisini
as Missing Persons Boss
Delaware North-Cavan...
as Cate, 8 Years Old
Sally Christie
as Ashleigh-Rose, 11 Ye...
Amber Ivers
as Rachel, 11 Years Old
Karen Elayna Price
as Shoe Shop Keeper
Ross Macrae
as Fireman
Patrice Fidgeon
as News Reporter
Andrew Blain
as Waddell
Shayler Conder
as Chrissy, 13 Years Ol...
Paris Morrissey
as Ashleigh-Rose, 8 Yea...
Lily Sinclair
as Rachel, 8 Years Old
Dana Harry
as Heather, 5 Years Old
Toni Forrest
as Heather, 9 Years Old
Karen Pert
as Accountant
Dena Kaplan
as Pregnant Girl with P...
Tim Boyle
as Policeman #4
Dan Purdey
as Missing Persons Cop
Dan Purdy
as Missing Persons Cop
John Wonnacott
as Missing Persons Cop
Deborah Knight
as News Reader
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Critic Reviews for In Her Skin

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The first red flag is the opening title card, which reads "This is a true story." The use of "is" rather than "based on" or "inspired by" is a harbinger of the lack of perspective and humility that enables the film's most egregious excesses.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

It's on the sloppy side, but the primary textures of alarm are sustained and sharply performed, making for a gut-wrenching viewing experience with a foundation in reality that's too awful to bear.

Full Review… | June 12, 2011

The makers of In Her Skin must be prepared to cut a check to anyone who ever read, wrote, made, or saw The Lovely Bones.

Full Review… | February 12, 2011

Audience Reviews for In Her Skin


If it's true that the director claims "the film was made to give Rachel back her voice", I highly doubt that statement. It's more about Caroline than Rachel. And that's fine, but the pretense is offensive (just like a critic pointed out as to disguising the movie out as a true story rather than based on a true story). Apparently, the movie would have been boring had it been only about Rachel's "life", and not focusing on how she met her fate. A chilling story that's not so well told. The performances are okay, and the movie too could have been fine had they tried to tell the story more genuinely than relying more on technical expertise. Overall, just about watchable.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

A well-acted, and disturbing, biodrama about the murder of an innocent teen by her jealous former baby sitter. Bradley excels as the tormented killer, as does Neill as her despondent and helpless father. I saw some reviews labeling this movie strange, and weird. I absolutely was enthralled with how this movie was portrayed. I found it haunting, and moving...maybe because I have daughters, and it hit home some of my deepest fears....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The acting is terrifyingly bad, it's just so hard to watch these morons obviously are not impatient about finding out their daughter's whereabouts. Despite being inspired by a true story, the film is still very uninventive and boring. This low budget thriller proves films based on true stories can be really dull.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

In Her Skin Quotes

Caroline Reid Robertson: Today was the end of my life.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Rachel Barber: If you really wanted to lose weight, you would dance.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Caroline Reid Robertson: It'll be painful, difficult, but I'll change.....I want to be happy.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Caroline Reid Robertson: I used to think of you as my friend and sometimes you hurt me so badly--I wish you were dead!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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