The Year My Voice Broke (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Year My Voice Broke1987

The Year My Voice Broke (1987)



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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 (Bruce Spence as Jonah, a would-be writer who lives in an abandoned railroad car). The twist is that Danny's rival for Freya's affections, Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), is a Jewish jock who becomes Danny's friend by standing up to the bullies and treating Freya with more respect than the other boys do. Duigan, who had been making films in Australia since the mid-'70s, broke through to U.S. audiences with this film and its sequel, Flirting, in which Noah Taylor reprises the lead role.

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Noah Taylor
as Danny Embling
Loene Carmen
as Freya Olson
Judi Farr
as Sheila
Harold Hopkins
as Tom Alcock
Nick Tate
as Sgt. Pierce
Vincent Ball
as Headmaster
Colleen Clifford
as Gran Olson
Mary Regan
as Miss McColl
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Critic Reviews for The Year My Voice Broke

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

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

December 18, 2007 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The ending carries a tidal surge of regret for youthful emotional loss that will no doubt be universal.

April 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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
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
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer


A good movie.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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