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Celia (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | December 1989 (USA)
An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

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Ann Turner

Writer:

Ann Turner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ... Celia Carmichael
Nicholas Eadie ... Ray Carmichael
Victoria Longley Victoria Longley ... Alice Tanner
Mary-Anne Fahey Mary-Anne Fahey ... Pat Carmichael
Margaret Ricketts Margaret Ricketts ... Grandmother
Alexander Hutchinson Alexander Hutchinson ... Steve Tanner
Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell ... Karl Tanner
Callie Gray Callie Gray ... Meryl Tanner
Martin Sharman Martin Sharman ... Evan Tanner
Clair Couttie Clair Couttie ... Heather Goldman
Alex Menglet ... Mr. Goldman
Amelia Frid Amelia Frid ... Stephanie Burke
William Zappa ... Inspector John Burke
Feon Keane Feon Keane ... Soapy Burke
Louise Le Nay Louise Le Nay ... Debbie Burke
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An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

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Child of Terror See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celia: Child of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Production Co:

Seon Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When Stephanie is walking on the table in her communion dress, saying "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" her mouth is shut. See more »

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Adults have no clue to a child's world - do we?
29 December 1998 | by DomiMMHSSee all my reviews

As far as I can see, "Celia" is a complex movie about childhood that lacks something. It fails to make the viewer understand the way the heroine feels and thinks. The heroine is Celia, a young girl who grows up in Australia in the 1950s.

I must mention that I was way disappointed by the contents of the movie. If only because the plot summaries I read about it in diverse magazines turned out pretty wrong. They were like: "9-year-old Celia has no playmates except for her rabbit. When a policeman takes away the rabbit from her, she vows revenge." Alright, but that's not the gist of it. Celia is not an isolated or lonely little girl, first of all, she's rather horrifyingly lively. She does have playmates, three neighbour kids whose parents are communists. Celia actually spends more time with these kids and with their mother than she does with her own parents. Moreover, many scenes deal only with these children's play. Most of the time they play in some desert landscape, which seems kind of grotesque, where there is caves and rocks and sand - but hardly any people or animals. Grotesque - that's what the movie appears to be like. We have these two parties of kids: The children of the communists and the "communist haters" and they fight a rather serious battle. And we have that crazy idea of the government that rabbits were pests. I don't object to "grotesque" stories, but a certain deal of irony is required to make them enjoyable - this movie lacks irony.

Still we get a good impression of how complex the worlds children make up of their fantasy really are. We also learn how adults don't have any idea about the thoughts children have, about the crazy wars they deliver, about the friendship or the hate they feel. As this movie is seen through the eyes of a child, of course the adult's "play", i.e. the hate towards communists, is not dealt with very openly.

That wouldn't matter, if we were really offered the opportunity to identify with the child. But here the movie lacks care and empathy, we don't get close enough to little Celia - played by Rebecca Smart. This young actress doesn't do a bad job, that's for sure, but she isn't outstanding either. She's working about on the same level as the whole movie is.

I'll vote "6" for "slightly above mediocre", v e r y slightly, honestly.


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