In Her Skin

Synopsis: Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Simone North
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins.
107 min

[haunting chime music]

The minute you give birth,

you're gripped

by an inexplicable fear,

the fear of loss.

You start the journey in fear

and spend every day

trying to keep

that unknown threat at bay.

But in my heart of hearts,

I knew danger had caught up.

I was off guard,

asleep on duty.

[solemn orchestral music]

[melancholy orchestral

rock music]

# What you wanna say? #

[water splashing]

# I'll wait

till you get home #

# I'm sick

of communicating #

# Over the telephone #

# But tell me how you feel #

# For I am lonely too #

# Need you to know #

# I'm just as cold and numb #

# as you #

[chimes jingling]

[deep, echoing breaths]

# Ah, ah, ah, ah #

# Ah, ah, ah, ah #

[tram rattling]

[brakes hissing]

[tram engine chugging]

[tram engine stops]

[phone ringing]

[door slams shut]

You don't have to wait.

You girls go watch...

watch TV.


Rachel never

got off the tram.

Has she called you?

No, do you think

she got off

at the Campbell stop


I don't think so.

We arranged

that I'd pick her up here

an hour ago.

Something's happened.

I'm gonna call the police.

Liz, maybe you should wait.

She's never late.


No, I know, but why don't you

call Manni first?

And I'll wait here,

and I'll call you back in a bit.

[phone ringing]

Done everything right,

did Michael Gardner.

He sprinted back

to the vacant goal square.


[speaking Italian]

[phone continues ringing]


Hey, babe.

Is Rachel with you?

Oh, hi, Elizabeth.

Isn't she home?

No, she didn't come home.

Manni, do you know

where she is?

I thought she'd be home.

The last time I saw her,

she was getting on the tram

to meet Mike.

She didn't meet Mike,


She didn't get off the tram.

Hey, Elizabeth, look.

I'm sure she'll be fine.

Manni, do you have any idea

where she could be?

No, sorry.

[phone ringing]

Box Hill Police Station.


I want to report

a missing person.

My daughter,

she's missing.

Yep, okay.

Can I just get your name

and details, please, ma'am?

Elizabeth Barber.

My daughter's name

is Rachel Barber.

She's 15 years old.

She was supposed

to get off the tram.

My husband was meant

to pick her up,

but she didn't.

Something's happened.

I know it.

She hates the dark,

and she hasn't rung.

Okay, and how long has she

been missing for, Mrs. Barber?

About an hour

and a quarter.

You don't understand.

My daughter is never late.

She never disappears.

So I'm not...

I'm not overreacting.

[tram bell dings]

The last time I saw her

was with Manni

at the end of classes.

Zoe, if anyone

has seen or heard from her,

can you call?

Hold on.


Let me know

if there's anything I can do.

Yes, I will.

I will.

[phone ringing]



There's something

I didn't tell you before.


Rachel had a job tonight.

A job?

What job?

I don't know.

She didn't say.


With who?

I don't know.

You guys

share the same diary.

You talk to each other

ten times a night.

I don't understand, Manni.

I'm calling the police.

I'm calling everyone

I can think of,

and you lie to me.

What's wrong with you?

I'm sorry.

Where did she go?

What job?

What did she say to you?

She said she was gonna

make a lot of money

and not to worry,

'bause it was with

an old friend.

What friend?

[mournful orchestral music]

[car doors slamming shut]

I've rung everyone

I can think of.

No one's seen her.

Doesn't make sense,

does it?

She's in trouble,


Enough, Liz.

She's okay.

You know Rachel.

She probably just got off

at the wrong tram stop,

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