Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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.
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 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.
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…
i wish i was skinny so i could pretend to be a girl
Ab und zu muss auch mal ein französischer Film eingestreut werden! :-)
Ein Mädchen möchte nach dem Umzug der Eltern ein Junge sein und kann den Schein auch eine Weile bei den neuen Freunden wahren...eigentlich denkt man den ganzen Film nur: "Ach du scheiße, was würde ich nur machen, wenn das mein Kind sein würde?!?"
Sencilla y corta pero muy profunda e impactante. Actores de 10.
Really confident and effective filmmaking, which is a little reminiscent of The Dardenne Brothers. Minimalistic, very touching and contains some of the finest young performances I've ever seen.
The power of understanding and the affection whoever you are.
Καθαρόαιμο δείγμα ευρωπαϊκής κοπής, το Tomboy της writer – director Céline Sciamma, αναπνέει ανάμεσα στην παιδική αφέλεια και την εφηβική αναζήτηση, προσπαθώντας να εντρυφήσει στις ψυχολογική ανησυχίες που διέπουν την συγκεκριμένη ηλικία, παρουσιάζοντας όμως μόνο ένα μέρος αυτών. Δεν θα μπορούσε να είναι και διαφορετικά τα πράγματα, μιας και στην ηλικία των 11-14 όλος ο κόσμος φαντάζει από την μία ελεύθερος προς κατάκτηση και από την άλλη έτοιμος να σε καταβροχθίσει σαν ορεκτικό. Κάπου εκεί αναπνέει και η Laure.
Ο νεαρός αυτός χαρακτήρας (hats off για την μικρή Zoé Héran) θέτει ευθέως αλλά σιωπηλά τα ερωτήματά και την ανησυχία ενός παιδιού στον θεατή. Έχοντας μόλις μετακομίσει σε μια καινούρια γειτονιά (η οποία συνεπάγεται καινούριο σχολείο, καινούριες παρέες και το σημαντικότερο,…
One of the most damaging misconceptions about transgenderism (among the many) is the notion that the individual is a “man dressed in woman’s clothes” or vice versa. Not only does this reinforce the common notion of a gender binary, thereby erasing non-binary and genderqueer people; it also completely ignores the beautiful complexities that come with a person identifying as trans. As a cisgender female, I have the privilege of always being certain that I’ll be read as such with nearly every interaction I make everyday. Sure, certain aspects of my appearance do get me misgendered from time to time, but these misunderstandings are minuscule compared…
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Merrily We Go to Hell
- The Cabbage Patch Fairy
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
- A Single Man
- All About My Mother
- Angels in America
- Beautiful Thing
Trying to include all the films I've seen in which LGBT themes are primary or of major importance to the…