The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

The Year My Voice Broke



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The life of a teen in an isolated small town is the subject of Australian writer/director John Duigan's film, set in 1962 in New South Wales. Duigan's coming-of-age story has many familiar elements -- Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) discovers his sexual attraction to a childhood playmate (Leone Carmen as Freya), he undergoes the taunts of bullies at his school, rages against the narrow-minded views of his parents and many of the townspeople, and comes under the influence of a sympathetic adult … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: John Duigan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2000



as Danny Embling

as Freya Olson

as Sheila

as Tom Alcock

as Sgt. Pierce

as Headmaster

as Gran Olson

as Miss McColl

as Malseed
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Critic Reviews for The Year My Voice Broke

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

The characters are memorable ones, and beautifully played by the three young newcomers, with Noah Taylor especially effective as the lovesick Danny.

Full Review… | December 18, 2007
Top Critic

A film to restore one's faith in films about the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is so pleasant and unpretentious that we can almost forget the total lack of surprise in this deftly acted Australian film.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Although most of this is rather familiar stuff...the treatment is sufficiently sincere and nuanced to give it a touch of poignancy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This isn't an adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy, so the impossible never happens, and it's a credit to the movie that it doesn't.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This funny, touching, truthful gem of a film is one of the ongoing pleasures of Australian cinema, and is as fresh and compelling on its 21st anniversary as it was on its acclaimed release

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Year My Voice Broke

A worthwhile trip to early Sixties, small town, Australia where burgeoning youth learns that even the most innocent of lives here on Planet Earth is fraught with difficulty. While American media seduced via music and movies about the possibility of a better life possibly somewhere else, the local populace of this rural outpost have to live with the apparent drabness of their own situation. The natural performances of the leads and the writer/director's sure knowledge of his source material quietly deliver this laid back home cooked meal designed to satisfy. A great suggestion by a dear friend.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I love coming-of-age and both Noah Taylor and Loene Carmen's longing for people they can never truly have is something we can all identify with and feel their pain.

Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer


A good movie.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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