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Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 April 2011 (France)
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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Malonn Lévana ...
Jeanne Disson ...
Sophie Cattani ...
La mère
La père
Rayan Boubekri ...
Yohan Vero ...
Noah Vero ...
Cheyenne Lainé ...
Christel Baras ...
Valérie Roucher ...
La mère de Rayan


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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Release Date:

20 April 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Agorokoritso  »

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Box Office


€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,078, 20 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,834, 22 March 2012
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1.85 : 1
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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 »


La mère de Lisa: Lisa?
Lisa: Yes?
La mère de Lisa: Come here. This is Mikael's mum. She's come here to say Mikael is not actually Mikael but a girl, not a boy. She's waiting for you in the kitchen.
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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »


Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and 'Jéröme Echenoz'
Published by Because Editions/Institubes Publishing/Copyright Control

& © 2011 Para one & Tacteel
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French coming-of -age drama
9 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Tomboy" is a French coming-of-age drama featuring Zoe Heran as Laure, who has just moved to a new neighborhood and is looking for new friends. She sees the camaraderie among the boys and as a result decides to pretend to be a boy and tells everyone that she is Michael.

Michael becomes close to Jeanne(Malonn Levana), plays soccer, has water fights and swims with the other kids in what could be a typical summertime anywhere.

The child-actors, particularly Zoe Heran are very believable. Laure/Michael is on screen most of the time and is an actress to watch for in the future.

Zoe(Michael/Laure) is contrasted with a very feminine little sister illustrating how different even close siblings can be. Most directors don't edit enough, but this feature felt a bit short at 79 minutes. It is worth your time for Ms. Horan's performance.

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