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Dance Me to My Song (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 January 1999 (Spain)
The wheelchair-bound Julia (Heather Rose), who cannot walk, feed or dress herself, communicates via her computerized electronic voice synthesizer. Her sympathetic lesbian sister Rix (Rena ... See full summary »

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Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Heather Rose Heather Rose ... Julia
Joey Kennedy ... Madelaine
John Brumpton ... Eddie
Rena Owen ... Rix
Phil MacPherson Phil MacPherson ... Trev
Danny Cowles Danny Cowles ... Joe
Catherine Fitzgerald Catherine Fitzgerald ... Dogface
Susie Fraser Susie Fraser ... Social Worker
Carmel Johnson Carmel Johnson ... Temporary Carer
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The wheelchair-bound Julia (Heather Rose), who cannot walk, feed or dress herself, communicates via her computerized electronic voice synthesizer. Her sympathetic lesbian sister Rix (Rena Owen) is not in a position to take care of her sibling's needs. Instead, Julia depends on an abusive, short-tempered caretaker Madelaine (Joey Kennedy), who calls her a "spastic," abandons her on the toilet, leaves the wheels locked on the wheelchair, and devises further torment by forcing her to watch her intimacies with a parade of boyfriends. This pattern heads in a different direction after Julia bumps her wheelchair into Eddie (John Brumpton), who becomes her companion. But Julia wants love and sex, not just companionship -- and Madelaine is jealous. Written by lament

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A film for Heather Rose... by Heather Rose... with Heather Rose. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Vertigo Productions

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Aime-moi telle que je suis See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The entire cast of the film totaled to just nine cast members. See more »

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Referenced in Rolf De Heer (2008) See more »

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Kizungu
by B.Huber/J.Laidler
Performed by Okapi Guitars
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Brave and heartwarming film about cerebral palsy
12 November 1998 | by hurstoSee all my reviews

Rolf de Heer is a brave director, as those who've seen Bad Boy Bubby and The Quiet Room will know. In this film he braves the sensitive subject of cerebral palsy. Julia, a severe sufferer, is bound to her wheeelchair and can only communicate via her voice machine. Her heartless carer Madeline, is downright cruel to her. When the kind and loving Eddie enters Julia's life a strange menage a trois begins, but not quite as you would imagine. The film avoids mawkish sentimentality, and is a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit. Julia's strengths and weaknesses are all on display, as well as her sharp wit. Heather Rose who plays Julia also wrote the screenplay and gives us a unique insight into her world. This new Australian film is a must for anyone who wants to be confronted and amazed by a subject not often tackled on screen.


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