Celia

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In 1950s Australia, young Celia (Rebecca Smart) is growing up with a sense of isolation and mistrust of the world that surrounds her. Her mother, Pat (Mary-Anne Fahey), and father, Ray (Nicholas Eadie), won't let her play with the kids next door because their parents are communists. Then her pet bunny is taken away because of rabbit overpopulation. And, more traumatizing yet, when her grandmother dies, she's the one to discover the corpse. To cope, she retreats into elaborate fantasies.

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Critic Reviews for Celia (Celia: Child of Terror)

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Audience Reviews for Celia (Celia: Child of Terror)

  • Jan 04, 2011
    Fuck me, this was an intense, brilliant and perceptive film about childhood, and the end of childhood. Rebecca Smart's performance as the titular Celia is one of the finest child performances I have ever seen; natural, effortless. Set brilliantly in 50's Australia, with fear of communism at its peak, Celia gets conflicting information from adults around her, her parents telling her she will understand when she is older. Her Grandma, dead at the beginning of the film, was presumably more sensible in her approach and her absence is felt throughout. Celia's parents themselves (especially the father) are mostly clueless, cruel, ignorant, arrogant - so instead she finds direction from her new neighbour's - finally finding a solid mother figure and children she can play with (Celia is the victim of some horrific bullying elsewhere). <i>Celia</i> is a heartbreaking but funny and above all TRUTHFUL film that sits alongside the likes of <i>Stand By Me</i> and <i>Heavenly Creatures</i> (but unlike the former, doesn't ever break into nostalgia or sentimentality - it's a harsh film). Worth seeking out (the UK DVD is widely available and has an excellent contextualising essay in the booklet). <u>If you don't bawl your eyes out then I do not want to know you.</u>
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