Tomboy

Tomboy

DVD - 2012 | French
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Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be Michael, a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.
Publisher: [United States] : Wolfe Video LLC, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781935423546
Branch Call Number: DVD Tomb

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Nursebob
Oct 28, 2016

In this sweet little coming-of-age drama writer/director Céline Sciamma asks some piercing questions without sermonizing on the proper answers. Whether Laure is gay, trans, or simply straight with a twist is immaterial since Sciamma is more interested in questioning our notions of identity and gender roles anyway. Providing counterpoint to Laure’s gender-bending is her kid sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana, too cute for words!), all sugar and spice and pink tutus who finds the idea of having a secret big brother great fun and is not above a little bending herself as the two of them don fake moustaches and giggle in front of the mirror. Resting almost entirely on the shoulders of her very young cast, Sciamma makes this a true kids’ movie relegating the adults to benign background noise with the exception of Laure’s pregnant mother (it’s a boy, of course) who ends up having to inject a jarring bit of reality into her daughter’s life. Using lots of close-ups bathed in summer sunshine and avoiding any saccharine overkill—there is a refreshing lack of manipulative musical cues—Sciamma elicits natural, seemingly ad-libbed performances all around which make Laure’s dilemma both believable and sympathetic. Challenging without resorting to melodrama, and shot with moments of wry humour (just how does a young girl masquerading as a boy give her speedos the proper “bulge”?) this is family viewing for a new generation.

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2kool4skool
Feb 17, 2016

As someone who is very educated in LGBTQ+ topics, I gotta say, I don't really get all the praise for this movie. While I think it's good that it focuses on how the character feels rather than how the people around them feel, which is something a lot of trans and gender identity movies do poorly, they honestly don't do a very good job, throwing in a lot of scenes that feel like "look at the characters little sister doing something stereotypically feminine like a normal girl should!", and the ending message does not feel very trans positive. Even if we take out that I find it to be a bad movie in terms of transgender representation, there is also just the fact that I didn't like it as a movie, period. It kind of falls into the super indie and artsy movies that, if you are into that kinda thing, you might like, but I personally find pretentious and boring.

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uncommonreader
Sep 11, 2015

Interesting topic, well presented and well acted.

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ms_mustard
Jun 21, 2015

a summer's exploration of a transgender girl/boy.

wonderful acting, great script.

what will Laure's future be?

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2014

Prickly pre-teen topic for a movie but handled evenly from start of the deception to the satisfying end.

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BlackTiger
Jan 22, 2014

The entire cast presented some of the most believable acting I've ever seen. I fully agree with Karenina's comment.

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MadDoctor
Apr 05, 2013

I'm not sure how to rate this movie. I am way too biased against it because I feel there was a lot of lost potential. It was fun, tragic and entertaining, but it could have been much better.

HOL Feb 03, 2013

one of the best films I've seen in a while

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Karenina7777
Jun 13, 2012

A superb example of how different European cinema is from Hollywood. It's hard to imagine this movie being nearly as great in an American filmmaker's hands. It works because it doesn't take a stand or try to "send a message" about gender identity -- it simply tells a story. And the child actors are incredibly natural and engaging.

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