Girl ★★½

The casting here doesn’t strike me as a problem, but Dhont’s approach definitely does, voyeuristically lingering over his male lead’s body as he asks the audience to shame other characters who would do the same. For its first half, this feels reasonably honorable (if somewhat misguided) in its attempts to offer an ultra-specific portrait of a contemporary trans youth. I can completely understand how this film could open hearts and minds, especially if it continued on this track… By its midpoint, though, Dhont transforms the narrative approach, subjecting his protagonist to a series of increasing abuses and humiliations that raise suspicions about the film's intent. I’m not gonna be the guy who pitches a fit about this, which is made with some degree of obvious care… but don’t let me stand in your way if you feel the need.