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A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Mickaël.
Tomboy is that type of film that gets better the more you think about it, and I sure have been thinking about it. While watching it I found myself getting a little bored in spots which is odd really because I tend to really like slow paced films that take their time with characters. This one, though, spent altogether too much time going between exactly two sets: kids playing and the familial apartment. Back to kids playing, back to the apartment. This went on for so long, probably the entire film now that I think about it, that I got a little fed up. Having said that, I am so glad I didn't fall asleep because there was something almost…
Tomboy is a French coming-of-age drama from Water Lilies director, Célina Sciamma, about a young girl pretending to be a boy. Whilst the film naturally raises questions about gender and sexuality it is less interested in finding answers and more in documenting the problems that arise from such lies (first love, going swimming, toilet issues etc.) particularly when the lies begin to escalate. It is a slight but perfectly formed feature, small in scale but sweet and intimate. The film was shot over a short summer period and the film is bathed in perpetual sunlight evoking memories of the endless summers of childhood. Although the story could have leant itself to a more sensationalist style, Tomboy is pleasingly grounded in a familiar reality. The characters are all totally believable and the natural performances are pitch perfect.
Endearing, touching and beautifully judged.
A family of four (mother, father and two daughters with a third on the way) move to a new village where the oldest daughter is keen to make some friends on her first day. This group of children, however, don’t get to know her as Laure, but as Mickäel: the pseudonym under which she hides the fact that she is a girl as she is already masked by a boyish appearance. Zoé Héran - playing the main character, appearing in almost every take during the eighty minutes runtime - is ordered to perform one of the most difficult and vulnerable roles possible and seldom have I seen a child this age nailing such a demanding part with this much subtlety…
A very small film with a very big subject matter. It works better that way. The natural and realistic environment of the film and the intimacy between children demonstrates the individualism of transgender issues and its complexities. I don’t know where that director found those child actors but they were marvelous.
An incredibly subtle and minimalist film, Tomboy hands nothing over to the audience. Dialogue is scant and never expository, themes are covertly handled, and if you don't watch closely, you'll likely miss some important bits.
It's good then, that Fournier's cinematography is aesthetically appealing. The bright, sunny rays and resplendent colour scheme evokes feelings of memory - you always remember stuff vividly, those hazy summers where most of your social life occurred. This gives the film a very childlike manner to it, apt since, well, if you didn't know, it's a film about kids.
And if that's all you know, good. Know no more except it's about a girl who pretends to be a boy. Go in blind. Plot is…
In Tomboy, Céline Sciamma directs a simple story of a young girl’s delicate passage to adolescence with grace and gentleness. Its plot tackles the theme of gender identity and its complexity without being too didactic. Relationships between characters grow out organically and no sudden epiphanies ever occur thanks to the matter-of-fact tone. This is a serene film of a child’s self-discovery of sexuality that I enjoyed very much so.
The playful title card (which bears a striking resemblance to Pierrot Le Fou by the way) establishes the story’s prevalent color juxtaposition between blue and red that symbolizes gender ambiguity. This clever masculine/feminine palette motif is peppered throughout, appearing in clothing and even in the background. The film’s focus is on…
this is the best portrayal of growing up LGBTQ i have ever seen. mandatory viewing.
i can't fully express how i much i loved this. girlhood is a movie that really means a lot to me, and it still does, but tomboy is just the perfect movie to me. i really don't know how to explain it, i just loved every minute of this and i cared so deeply for every character. celine sciamma loves to give her main characters little sisters to take care of and i love it, i love mickael and i love this movie.
people always talk about gender as if it's so confusing, and it absolutely can be, but this movie just made it feel so natural and so simple and i loved it. i'm in love
I've liked it but I think it was really slow-moving but felt so frustrated so so so frustrated
straight cis ppl shouldn't be allowed to talk about this movie honestly I never want to read another goddamn review about a girl ~accidentally~ being mistaken for a boy and just deciding to roll with it
Céline Sciamma is a filmmaker who often gives a voice to the queer children that the rest of the world would rather write-off as confused. gender and sexuality are complex concepts, but children still experience those parts of their identities and deserve to be recognized
TOMBOY is a film that explores the complexities of gender through the eyes of a child and does so incredibly well. there's ur new fuckin log line
Superb child acting and a reasonably interesting story told in a very subdued manner, but I can't help but think of this as Boys Don't Cry Light. It really doesn't do anything that that movie doesn't do better. The minimal approach works for the most part to make things seem realistic, but a tinge more emotion wouldn't have hurt. And maybe I'm prudish, but the child nudity was disconcerting.
Sciamma has a natural flair for documenting / capturing the exuberance and potential of youth. I'm evidently coming to her work in reverse, having already seen (and loved) Girlhood. Tomboy is of moderately smaller ambition in terms of production scale but nevertheless feels of a piece in terms of sensibility. Her choices are positive and progressive, while her eye is inquisitive. Sciamma is quickly becoming one of my favourite directors working today.
Nossa infância é uma fase sempre cheia de descobertas e dúvidas e, ao tentar assumir uma personalidade distinta daquela que foi ditada pela humanidade pode vir o sofrimento.
Intimate and down to earth, this tale of the young French girl finding her new surroundings asks big questions about acceptance, sexuality and role, and it subtley lingers with the viewer.
A little too slow in places but with some great understated performances. The kids scenes were like watching a documentary. Commendably realistic.
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