This is what every parent fears: their child not coming home when they're meant to. When the fifteen-year-old student, Rachel Barber, doesn't climb off the tram to meet her dad, Elizabeth, her mother, and Mike, her dad, bolt into action.


Simone North


Simone North
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Mr. Barber
Miranda Otto ... Mrs. Barber
Ruth Bradley ... Caroline Reid Robertson
Sam Neill ... David Reid
Kate Bell ... Rachel Barber
Khan Chittenden ... Manni
Graeme Blundell ... Ivan
John Butler John Butler ... Busker
Justine Clarke ... Irene
Diane Craig Diane Craig ... Joy
Jack Finsterer ... Patterson
Rebecca Gibney ... Gail
Eugene Gilfedder ... DePyle
Jeremy Sims ... Mclean
Steven Vidler ... Drew


Consumed with self loathing, 19-year-old Caroline covets, stalks, abducts and then murders 15-year-old Rachel Barber whom she considers "perfect." Rachel's disappearance triggers an electric reaction from her parents and her boyfriend. Later, the police misinterpret Rachel's disappearance and believe she simply ran away from home.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She hated her own life, so she took someone else's.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In Her Skin is inspired by the book Perfect Victim by Elizabeth Southall (Rachel's mother) and Megan Norris (an Investigative reporter). See more »


Although set in 1999, the use of contemporary flat-screen computer monitors and televisions are shown throughout the film, which were not widely in use for nearly another decade. See more »

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A very tough film to watch, criticise or admire
6 July 2011 | by perkypopsSee all my reviews

Anyone whose child has gone missing, even momentarily, will connect with the earliest moments of this version of true events, but, perhaps only those for whom the loss remains unresolved for any serious length of time will know how close to their reality this film touches. It is almost relentlessly tough to watch because there is no place for pressure to be relieved, however briefly, by a joke, a glimmer of hope, a slither of a flaw to make us remember we are watching a dramatised version of events. I even find it tough to judge the quality of the acting because too often this film seems so vividly, so uncomfortably, and so chillingly real. I am, if truth be told, just in awe of all the performances I have witnessed and I still have to pinch myself to remember it was "just a film". Is that a compliment?

I felt tears on my cheeks three times during this film, not because I was sad, but because my being had to have an outlet and I couldn't laugh or smile. The emptiness, pointlessness, coldness, loneliness of a missing loved one is so bitingly portrayed and yet saying "okay that's enough, I have got your point" is as futile as the parents of Rachel Barber shouting "Rachel come home" on every street corner they could.

I remember Hitchcock being heavily criticised by some in the industry for a seven minute killing sequence in "Torn Curtain" when that was easier to justify because it was a work of fiction and a thriller rather than "a week or so in the real life of a family". And so I had mixed feelings about "I Am You" when I reflected on some of the things I had seen, including the closing statements popular with "factual" drama.

I am left with these mixed feelings ranging from the reality of the acting to the old adage that imagination is always more powerful than a picture, from the top to the bottom of the things I should feel. And ultimately I cannot give this film a points score because it doesn't feel like it entered the cinematic league stakes. It is a film and if you see it you will feel what it does to you rather than want to talk about to friends. And that IS tough.

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