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Lake Mungo (2009)




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Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local reservoir. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. Then, they begin to experience a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist Ray Kemeney. He discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues leads the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story told in documentary form that illustrates how the dead can forever haunt the living.

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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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