A Girl’s Own Story

Posted on April 3, 2011


A Girl’s Own Story was another film I recommended to people instantly upon seeing it. It was an interesting mix of growing up in Australia in the 1960s, and disturbing drama. The film had themes of incest, family problems, kidnapping and shame, but at the same time focused on growing up in a seemingly normal suburban town. There was a lot of symbolism in the film. One of the metaphors used was cats. They seemed to represent innocence, and heaters were used to represent sex.

The film did a good job telling about how rough growing up can be. Puberty is a difficult and confusing time, and sometimes the decisions we make during that time can affect us for the rest of our lives. There seemed to be a lot of gossip among the girls at school, and a lot of misplaced affection. While in many ways, the 60s were a time of freedom, many of the more traditional families had difficulties with trying to cope. The characters all seemed to be an overall problem with expressing themselves in a normal way. The scenes where the brother and sister played “cats” were particularly affecting.

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