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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…
Director Céline Sciamma imbues her intimate coming-of-age story with sufficient sensitivity and warmth. Tomboy tells a simple study of a 10 year old girl who come to terms with her own sexuality. This is not a film that actively asserts how society questions gender roles nor teaches us about sexuality heavy-handedly. Sciamma delicately controls the aspect of her character’s environment and observes just ‘how it is’. Which as a viewer, feels right especially we’re focusing on a young character.
The film will not stand without its natural, affectionate performances from the actors—led by the wonderful Zoe Heran. Heran’s androgynous face and physique effectively builds her character. Good supporting turns especially from the gifted young actors make everything wonderful. Overall, Tomboy is wonderful. Its simplistic narrative has an overwhelming charm and sensitivity that you can’t take your eyes off.
Absolutely loved this film.
Film 27: Tomboy
Tomboy is the type of movie I like. Beautiful shot arthouse movie with a nice story with strong performances. The plot simple, but effective. We see in this movie pent-up emotions of a 10 year old. We see the world through the eyes of that 10 year old. You get sympathy for him and you understand the choices he makes.
Um lindo, simples e delicado filme sobre identidade de gênero!
Tomboy perhaps lacks a singular standout scene akin to the "Diamonds" lip sync in Celine Sciamma's more recent film Girlhood, but it is overall a more consistent film (Girlhood loses its way a bit in the second half when it decides to try to have a plot). The early scenes of Tomboy are filmed in a deliberately vague way that would mislead the movie's audience as to the nature of the main character, but for the title of the movie and all of the promotional materials, which make it easy to guess. Regardless, the resulting film is a touchingly understated exploration of gender identity, with strong performances from three child performers in key roles. Zoé Héran, as the title character, has attracted most of the attention, and is remarkable in a very difficult part. However, I must also single out Jeanne Disson as Lisa, who handles some really complex emotional reactions to the climactic revelations.
Richtig starke Nachwuchsdarsteller in einem sehr einfühlsamen Film über die Suche nach Geschlechtsidentität im Kindesalter.
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Film #8 of 100 for 2016
I watch a lot of movies, often multiple a day. When you watch films at such a breakneck speed, it's easy to become detached. Watching a film isn't a special event anymore, and it becomes a ritual. You become more and more tired of cliche storylines and stereotypical characters, and it always feels like you know what's going to happen next. That isn't how one should be engaging with their favorite hobby, yet it's still a surprisingly easy trap to fall into.
It takes a very special movie to pull one out of it.
A movie like Tomboy.
I've seen so many sing the praises of Céline Sciamma, but when I delved into her…
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Except for two scenes toward the end which were uncharacteristic and served to negate the film's message, this was a beautiful and endearing movie. Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, and Jeanne Disson put in impressive performances, especially the very brave Zoé in the multifaceted lead role. With a female-centered narrative, the scenes of female characters bonding were the film's most powerful and moving.
Very easy to follow despite watching a French film with German subtitles. Accurately captures children's conversations and speech/actions and their innocence/simplicity. Not too bogged down with dialogue - mostly about visuals and VERY strong performances that didn't need dialogue and yet were able to convey tons of different emotions. Characterization of Michael, Jeanne, and Lisa was great and you really got attached to them.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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