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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…
Really amazing and depressing film. Just another thing that makes me never want to be a parent, but it also makes me realize I'd be a way better parent than some... -__-
The 2015 American remake raised some eyebrows with the casting of Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson as the 10 year old girls, and frankly was a piece of crap, but it did make a shit-ton of money - as opposed to this, a stunning film, which made just over fifty bucks.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While I commend it's representation of trans youth and what it means to be a boy or girl as an adolescent, I didn't really enjoy this film. I felt it was a little bit too understated with little or no balance between the quiet, easy-to-watch scenes and the cringe-worthy parts.
I especially disliked the ending as the only thing I could take away from it was that the director of this movie is possibly transphobic.
Una gozada de peliculita que trata un tema tremebundo, que se prestaba a mil tonterías moralistas pero que las esquiva todas, apoyándose en un elenco de interpretes maravilloso (sobre todo los niños), a pesar de no eludir situaciones de esas que crean debates cuando acaba la película. Cine social distinto, colorista, optimista, liviano y a la vez trascendente.
beautiful, beautiful film. a very special coming-of-age narrative that needs to exist, and i'm glad it does. sciamma's work never disappoints. the child actors were mostly really great, especially the main kid.
Mikael's sister Jeanne is a true renaissance woman, and at only six years old. The actress playing her stole the show tbh.
A subtle film about adolescence, love, and being yourself. I really enjoyed this film. It was a nice slice of life kind of film. My only problem with the film is its a little too quiet. Not in audio, but in its story and direction. It's not going to leave a lasting impression like Boys Don't Cry or C.R.A.Z.Y.
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