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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 Michael.
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…
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…
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.
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…
French film about a young couple (with two kids and another on the way) who move to a new town, and as their 10 year old daughter Laure meets the neighborhood kids she discovers that they are mostly boys. On the spur of the moment she introduces herself as Mickäel, and since she's got short hair and an undetermined physique she gets away with it. But as with most lies, things get more complicated and harder to manage as time goes by.
Céline Sciamma's quiet and gentle film deals with some interesting questions about gender identity and adolescence in general, and it's all done in a very believable and sensitive way. The film perfectly captures what it's like to be…
A sweet, charming film about a youth struggling with gender identity.
Me conmovió mucho. Amé la manera en que la película está hecha, mostrando lo que vive Laure/Mikael y cualquiera, especialmente a esa edad tan confusa.... Me encantó todo
I alluded to this in my review for GIRLHOOD, but now that I've seen TOMBOY I'm even more convinced: Celine Sciamma is the Ernest Hemingway of film. The greatness of Hemingway always lies in what's left unsaid--he uses terse dialogue and sparse internal monologues to convey a vast sense of emotional weight constantly dragging his characters into deeper levels of psychological turmoil. Sciamma achieves the same effect, but visually--cinematically. Her characters' facial expressions, gestures, and movement through the frame is always subtle and understated but also always intentional, suggestive of an intense emotional complexity that would lose (at least some of) its power if stated outright. She's also like Hemingway in the stoic toughness of her framing, camera movement, and…
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Everything about this film was perfection. We see life through the eyes of a 10 year old boy trapped in a girl's body. Moving to a new neighborhood gave Laure (aka Mikel) the perfect opportunity to be his real self. He hides his transition from his parents, and his little sister is so loving when she finds out about Mikel. At 6 years old she is more accepting then the mother who forces Mikel to wear a dress and tell all of his friends and girlfriend that he's a girl. Quite a humiliating experience, and we leave Laure/Mikel at an unfinished place, no resolution, no hope in sight. This film took us to the present, a moment, a few weeks in a summer, and did not project future or past. This film is beautiful in capturing the moments between family, friends, and kindred spirits. Sciamma has brilliance beyond many others. Beautiful.
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Sé que es la realidad, y que muy raramente los padres apoyan algo que no entienden, pero de no entender a no respetar, castigar y humillar hay un paso más grande.
La historia es fantástica, y muy recomendable.
What a realistic and wonderful portrayal of the experience of being transgender through the eyes of a young, pre-adolescent girl. Slow moving but engaging. The young starring actress is brilliant in thee role of Laure/Mikael was so believable. It may not be a cinematic massterpiece but it deals with this very important subject with honesty and sensitivity.
gender identity in youth, heartbreaking at times
if you're not ready to love your child(ren) the way they are not the way you want them to be you shouldn't be a parent in the first place.
L'histoire d'une petite fille de 10 ans qui après avoir déménager dans un nouveau quartier, découvre qu'elle veut être un garçon.
Les acteurs sont excellent et l'histoire est très touchante. Elle nous rappelle à quel point la vie peut être difficile pour les jeunes trans.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…