Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight 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 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.
Oh look, another female directed subpar movie about sexuality.
I love my son, Mickäel, I would die for him.
I just wish it explored more the main character
a bunch of random french kids are better actors than half of hollywood
honestly why do i not think about this movie all the time because it was truly wonderful
Tomboy é um filme sobre uma garota que descobre sua homosexualidade aos 10 anos? Não. É um filme sobre uma garota de 10 anos chegando em uma vizinhança nova. Dito isso, Tomboy trata a história de Laure, uma garota que decide assumir o papel de menino no seu condomínio e encontrando sua primeira paixão, uma garota. É interessante chamar a Laure de homosexual pois ela não se sente parte do sexo feminino, o que implica em um filme sobre identidade e amizade acima da própria sexualidade.
Com uma direção bastante fluída na narrativa, uma fotografia competente, bons diálogos a única derrapada nesse filme se encontra no último ato que me soou apressado demais e um final que poderia ter sido mais corajoso e incisivo na proposta.
Enfim, um filme memorável.
Que manera de tirar una peli por la borda con ese final apurado y cerrado a presión.
if u want to feel happy all the time forever watch this. these child actors give unbelievably heartwarming performances
(that being said, not sure about the ending)
Absolutely loved this film.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Not on Letterboxd:
218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"