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Lake Mungo (2009)




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Shortly after the mysterious death of sixteen year old Alice Palmer, her family summons a psychic and a parapsychologist into their home and discovers that the secretive teen had been leading a double life. Alice was swimming in a local dam when she drowned tragically. Later, after her body is recovered and the coroner issues a verdict of accidental death, Alice is laid to rest and her family returns home to grieve in peace. The Palmer's mournful silence is short-lived, however, when a series of strange occurrences in and around their home leaves them convinced that they are experiencing something supernatural. Seeking the advice of a psychic and a parapsychologist, who reveals that Alice had been keeping some profound secrets from her friends and family, the Palmers travel to Lake Mungo and begin unraveling the mystery of the troubled adolescent's double life. A faux-documentary shot in the style of The Blair Witch Project and Diary of the Dead, Lake Mungo proves that the mysteries of the living don't lie silent with the deceased.

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Talia Zucker
as Alice Palmer
David Pledger
as Russell Palmer
Martin Sharpe
as Mathew Palmer
Rosemary Traynor
as June Palmer
Steve Jodrell
as Ray Kemeny

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All Critics (15)

Apologies to Samson and Delilah, Mary and Max and Balibo: the one true great Australian film of 2009 was easily Joel Anderson's Lake Mungo, a mournful, dreamlike examination of the hole left in the heart of a family after a death.

October 21, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

a sophisticated, adult tale that blends complex, compelling emotions with reflexive commentary on film as a 'medium' of memory, manipulation and magic... a classic supernatural enigma, once seen never forgotten.

July 18, 2011 | Full Review…

And don't deny yourself the film's final creepy images - stay for the credits...

August 9, 2010 | Full Review…

It's actually quite difficult to imagine that this isn't a true story, and that the actors playing the tragic Palmers are not exactly who they say they are.

April 8, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An after-the-fact faux-documentary about the death of a young girl -- and the creepy little hints she may have left behind.

April 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's not so much scary as spooky (except for one really creepy moment) but this ghost story is less about supernatural hauntings than human secrets and lies.

March 25, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lake Mungo

As far as horror mockumentaries go, this is a bleak and very well-made study of loss and grief that may not be as scary as it is spooky but builds a compelling mystery as family secrets are exposed and we begin to realize that things are not exactly what they seem to be.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Very slow, but I guess that it was intended to be that way. Mildly interesting...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A mockumentary with actual brains and with a story not build around the gimmick of the "shaky realistic camera" or whatever you want to call it. There are some flaws, the story lacks more juice and it wanders a bit too much on several places. It's a drama with a supernatural background, it bothers to have more compelling characters than just walking cliches. Not a classic but certainly worth a check.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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