- Director:Dean O'Flaherty
- Cast:Sebastian Gregory, Aaron Jeffrey, Asher Keddie, Tahyna Tozzi
- Release Date:July 28, 2009
- The Film:4.5
- The Disc:3.5
Hauntingly seductive in its approach, Beautiful tantalises with its playful promiscuity and intrigues with...
Hauntingly seductive in its approach, Beautiful tantalises with its playful promiscuity and intrigues with its complex co-existence of superficial serenity and sordid underbelly. Dean O'Flaherty makes an impressive directorial debut here, crafting a mysterious tale of fear and violence set against the backdrop of claustrophobic suburbia. The result is an intoxicating experience that will keep you enthralled right up to its final moments.
The story focuses on fourteen-year-old Danny (Sebastian Gregory), a social outcast whose only way of making sense of the world around him is through the lens of his camera. His sexually precocious neighbour, Suzy (Tahyna Tozzi), decides to exploit her young admirer's obsession by propelling him on the tail of a potential suspect in the rumoured abductions of three teenage girls. What appears to start out as a harmless adolescent escapade ultimately unlocks the door on a myriad of hidden secrets that the neighbourhood of Sunshine Hills would prefer to remain buried forever.
With great supporting performances from Peta Wilson, Debora-lee Furness and Erik Thomson, Beautiful is a first rate thriller that will dazzle you with its visual charms and thrust you out of your comfort zone just as easily. Extras include a making-of doco and deleted scenes.