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
Script written from April 2010. The main actress was found on the first day of casting. The film was shot in twenty days in August 2010 with a crew of fourteen. See more »
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 »
French screenwriter and director Céline Sciamma's second feature film succeeding her award-winning directorial debut "Water Lilies" (2007), tells the story about Laure, a 10-year-old girl who has just moved to a new place with her parents and her younger sister Jeanne. One day she encounters a same-aged girl named Lisa and gives her the impression that she is a boy by presenting herself as Mikael. Laure comes to like being someone else and does everything she can to maintain her new identity, but as her friendship with her new friend grows and she learns that Lisa is in love with her, she finds herself in a moral dilemma.
This character-driven, novelistic and finely tuned independent drama which takes place during a warm summer in France, is acutely written and directed by Céline Sciamma who goes closely into the heart and mind of her young and conflicted main character in this romantic, humorous and intimate portrayal of a girl in the early stages of puberty, who gets to experience what it's like to see life through the eyes of a boy after telling a somewhat unintentional lie to the first person she meets in her new neighborhood.
Céline Sciamma's realistic, atmospheric and subtle tale about identity, coming-of-age, friendship, family and young love is thematically related to her feature film debut "Water Lilies" (2007), but has a younger cast and is a more low-keyed depiction of self-discovery. This humane, condensed and well-paced study of character which focuses on social interactions between preadolescents, is significantly reinforced by the young French actresses Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana and Jeanne Disson's remarkable acting performances. A notable French production which gained the Teddy Jury Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.
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