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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 Michael.
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…
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 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…
Assustado demais com a menina que parece (sério) com um menino e como o cinema francês é ousado em relação aos nossos padrões.
Gender is a peculiar thing, we are assigned to one at birth and told from the start we have to act a certain way to be of that gender. But screw that. Like everything in the world, it is not black and white, there are grey areas and we should be okay with exploring them. Which is what this film does. Though this film doesn't overly push the boundaries it does however, raises questions on gender, the norms of it and identity.
I felt the main character was believable, great acting even by the little one. It took me back to summer I wish I had (the childhood fun part).
i watched this after adoring 'girlhood' and it's hard not to compare the two.
this film is less ambitious ('girlhood' is an epic) and i found it less moving.
a well executed and kindhearted exploration of gender roles and the promise of summertime.
Giving a vital voice to those who don't conform to preconceived notion of gender, "Tomboy" is a subdued and thoughtful exploration of the ways gender affects even the youngest of human beings with plenty of poignant insight and heart.
Laure/Mikael's in the running for most awesome person in the history of cinema. and the world.
Ostensibly so much simpler stylistically than 'Girlhood' - you feel there like Sciamma is reaching out ecstatically with both arms, while her formal ambition is a slivery secret - yet so often conjures profound grace notes. Her father rocking her back and forth, expressing the intimacy of that parent-child dynamic. The extraordinary initiative with which she names herself Mikael, and how we never for a second feel like she made a mistake. The impossibility of giving the character either name or gender pronouns, and how it's inappropriate to assume either - a Rorschach test for how invasive each viewer is in applying gender to Laure/Mikael's identity. This movie's just too good. It's too damn good for this world.
The less you know about Tomboy the best it probably will feel. However, it is a french film about a girl who moves to a new neighbourhood with her family and decides to present herself to all other kids as a boy.
It is clearly a coming of age story. It takes its time to build up the characters and for that I was glad. It is the best thing to make a person reflect about the way they perceive other people's gender, even if it is only presented in the form of a 12 year old person in the film.
Why are labels so important? Why are they perceived as something you can't live without? Couldn't we just be more than our gender? If a girl were to kiss another girl, thinking it was a boy, does that make her a lesbian?
Cried like a fucking baby :(
A preadolescent girl passes as a boy. Lots of footage of her playing with her sister. A very thin story. Not much going on.
You know how they say that it's hard to write about a film you really love. To articulate in words exactly why you love it.
I can't find the words yet. This is a truly moving picture. The small, intimate moments brought me to tears.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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