Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
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…
A very lovely and touching slice of life about the eternal question of identity and the look of others on us. Done with grace and an elegant simplicity, without judging. The actors are very good, especially the main actress. It makes you think, it makes you feel.
It's rare that you find a film that uses talking as conservatively (luckily for me, given disc issues meant I watched the last third without subtitles) as Tomboy does. Where a few meaningless words could have been used, Sciamma lets a look, or a pause do the talking. The way the camera seems to move so delicately, and gently gives the film a great sense of peace about itself.
The subject matter is handled with the utmost tact, and the performance by Héran is fantastic, especially for someone so young. She uses the silence as well as the camera does, turning in a soulful performance of someone who's just stuck in a situation they neither like nor can change. There's…
This intimate, thoughtful, beautiful film isn't about a tomboy, despite the title. It's about a transgender boy. At least, that's the indication given by every scene of the film - until the final line.
I was immensely upset by the ending because what was up to that point such a special experience was completely destroyed as the film undid everything I thought it had been trying to do. It felt like a betrayal, made all the worse by how utterly I had fallen in love with it beforehand. And if I felt this bad about it then I can't even imagine how trans people might feel.
If I pretend the final line didn't happen then not only would this be five-stars, it'd be one of my all-time favourites. But as it stands, I don't know what to do about this film.
Un debate muy interesante rodado de forma sencilla de ver. Sin juicios. Muy bonita. Corta. Buena película.
One of the loveliest depictions of a sibling relationship I've seen anywhere ever. I don't want to say much else. Tomboy is a beautifully-acted, understated, heartrending movie about 10-year-old Laure who's just moved to a French suburb in the waning days of summer. With her new circle of friends, she suddenly has the opportunity to forge a different identity and figure out who she really is. Very naturalistic, spare story-telling in which things are mostly felt rather than said.
December challenge - 16/100
Great French film. Every character is entirely plausible. The young actors are fantastic. The subject is heartbreaking and hopeful in turn. Very thought provoking film.
Há algum tempo, palestrei com uma amiga no Fórum Henoch Reis sobre os direitos dos homossexuais, em um projeto existente entre o Centro Acadêmico de Direito da UFAM e a VEMEPA (Vara de Execuções de Medidas e Penas Alternativas). Palestramos para um grupo de homens comuns, leigos em Direito e de diferentes idades. A palestra correu bem e abrimos espaço para cada um expor a sua opinião. Com a exceção de um, todos consideraram "errado" não ser heterossexual, alguns falaram como se fosse uma aberração, chegando a dizer que era "coisa do diabo". Não quero entrar no mérito da religião, embora eu tenha muito o que falar sobre. Mas aonde quero chegar é: a sexualidade é uma coisa natural. A…
Delicate drama focusing on a young girl in a new town who pretends to be a boy among her new found friends. Céline Sciamma creates an intimidate, tender portrait of Laure who is mistaken for a boy, and immediately runs with it - calling herself Mickäel. It's interesting that Laure is never explicitly shown as being confused about her sexuality or her gender. She's clearly a very boy-ish girl, who doesn't like to wear dresses, and mentions that she's beaten up kids in the past that picked on her sister Jeanne, but there's no obvious sign that she desperately wants to be a boy. When she's mistaken for one by Lisa, she just sort of accepts it. Of course that…
An adult movie about children.
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