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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.
A beautiful and technically accomplished film with well-drawn and charming characters that is undercut by some clunky, third act drama and a needlessly ambiguous ending.
A very beautiful, natural, light movie that deals with very important questions very simply but strongly enough to make reflections.
Sutil na entrega, extremamente relevante na proposta.
Apesar de ser um filme curto, e relativamente com poucas linhas de diálogo, ele a história é contada com a sutileza e inocência da perspectiva de uma criança que tenta encontrar sozinha sua identidade de sexo.
"Tenta" acho que seria mais válido, pois sabe quem é.
Mesmo não sendo uma temática aceita por todos (identidade de sexo), ainda mais em se falando de crianças, o filme cativa e emociona, sem deixar mostrar a importância do assunto e como isso reflete nas crianças. E o mais incrível, trata de homossexualidade e identidade de gênero, sem sexualizar as personagens nem o roteiro, o que é raríssimo. Ponto extremamente positivo.
Ainda um pouco confuso sobre a mensagem que o filme quis passar no final, mas de modo geral curti bastante.
E mds, shouts para Malonn Lévana no papel de CRIANÇA MAIS FOFA DO MUNDO.
Tomboy is a beautiful coming of age story. It portrays the struggles and breakthroughs of childhood, as well as gives us a look at just how difficult childhood, in the eyes of a child can be. No matter if their life is luxurious, middle, or low class.
The movie is also very relatable in the way it portrays child frustration and parental reasoning. It had me remembering the fun of playing with friends when I was younger, and the different levels of acceptance between children.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A 10-year old transgender boy named Mickäel (Laure), moves to a new town with his family. He introduces himself as a boy for the first time to all of his new friends. After getting in a fight with another boy, Mickäel's mother finds out he's been living as a boy. She then demands him wear a dress and apologize. I'm not a big fan of the movie. I did like it at first, but once the mother did that, I couldn't stand watching it. It was awful at the end. No parent of a trans kid should ever treat their child like that.
I really loved Tomboy. The main reason for liking this movie so much is that it didn't feel like it was shoved down your throat. It was a perfect example of what movies like this should be. What they shouldn't be in my opinion is a movie that constantly just chucks information at your face and never stopping.
Throughout the movie I felt that it was very raw and real. It was different at first to see a little kid playing a part that can have such an impact. I would expect that the person playing a role about a transgender boy would be a teenager at least. I think that this is what makes the movie so real. Most transgender kids have difficulty with their identity when they are very young and this movie encapsulates that. In some parts of the film I liked some of the characters then they did something that made me dislike them. Like when the mom made Laure go around the building in a dress and tell everyone that he was a…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
this movie dips into an uneasy topic of a girl that doesn't feel comfortable in her own body. As the film progresses, you slowly relies that "he" is a "she". By the end you see her in a dress, but it goes against everything you have built up about this character.
I found this movie ok, it was a great statement piece, giving the viewer incite on that sort of life, but I am not a fan of that style of film making. to me it is tacky and feels forced, and rarely done well.
For a film about a transgender child, it doesn't give us an ideal progressive household for him nor does it focus on the prejudice and pain that can come with these realisations. Instead it pays special attention to the gender roles we are faced with even as children, and allows Laure to find moments of happiness and clarity as Mikäel. The best thing about the film is Mikäel's relationship with his younger sister Jeanne, who is somehow the most accepting of his new identity despite being the youngest. It also helps that she is the most adorable thing in the world.
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