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Tomboy (2011)

 -  Drama  -  20 April 2011 (France)
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A 10-year-old trans boy is provided with an opportunity to embrace his identity when settling into to a new neighborhood outside Paris, but hateful prejudice soon catches up.

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Malonn Lévana ...
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Sophie Cattani ...
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Rayan Boubekri ...
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Cheyenne Lainé ...
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Christel Baras ...
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Valérie Roucher ...
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A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children. It is heavily implied that Mikhael is a closeted transgender boy. This film follows his experiences with his newfound friends, his potential love interest, Lisa, his younger sister and his parents. It focuses in on the significance of gender identity in social interaction from an early age, the difficulties of being transgender and young, and how Mikhael navigates these in the background of childhood play and love. Written by amisophe

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There's a new kid in town.

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20 April 2011 (France)  »

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Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,947 (USA) (18 November 2011)

Gross:

$113,761 (USA) (27 January 2012)
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All throughout the film, in the subtitles, the name is spelled Mikael, but in the credits, the name is spelled Mickäel. See more »

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After the fight over the attack on Jeanne - which Laure wins, we see Laure attentively dressing the graze on Jeanne's knee, and adding a blue-coloured sticking plaster (Band-Aid). In the next scene, when (the un-named) mother finds out that Laure has been passing herself off as a boy, she demands that Laure wear a dress, when they both go to the neighbour to apologise. Laure is sitting on the bed with Jeanne, but all traces of Jeanne's knee injury, and even the sticking plaster, have disappeared. See more »

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[last lines]
Lisa: What's your name?
Laure: My name is Laure.
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Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and 'Jéröme Echenoz'
Published by Because Editions/Institubes Publishing/Copyright Control


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A Different Story about Childhood
2 July 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The ten year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) and her six-year old sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana) move to a Parisian suburb near the nature with their parents. Laure befriends the children in the neighborhood but for an unknown reason, she tells that she is a boy, Mickäel. Soon he becomes popular among the new friends and the teenager Lisa (Jeanne Disson) feels attracted by him. When Laure's mother, who is pregnant, discovers that her daughter had lied about her gender to the children, she takes an attitude.

"Tomboy" is a different story of childhood, with a tomboy that lures her new friends and becomes a popular boy. Zoé Héran and Malonn Lévana are amazing and have magnificent performances. Unfortunately the stupid attitude of Lisa destroys the story. Children are mean in this type of situation and a mother should never expose her daughter the way Lisa does. She should seek professional support for Laure and herself to understand whether the attention-seeking of her daughter was just a way to get new friends or whether she is a transgender girl to properly deal with the situation. Depending on the medical orientation, the family should even need to move to another neighborhood to protect her daughter. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Tomboy"


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