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Tomboy -- Settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, a 10-year-old girl decides to introduce herself as a boy.

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Director:
Writer:
Céline Sciamma (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 April 2011 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
There's a new kid in town.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful and tender to melt your heart See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Zoé Héran ... Laure / Mickäel
Malonn Lévana ... Jeanne
Jeanne Disson ... Lisa
Sophie Cattani ... La mère

Mathieu Demy ... La père
Rayan Boubekri ... Rayan
Yohan Vero ... Vince
Noah Vero ... Noah
Cheyenne Lainé ... Cheyenne
Christel Baras ... La mère de Lisa
Valérie Roucher ... La mère de Rayan
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Directed by
Céline Sciamma 
 
Writing credits
Céline Sciamma (screenplay)

Produced by
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Bénédicte Couvreur .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Baptiste de Laubier  (as Para One)
 
Cinematography by
Crystel Fournier 
 
Film Editing by
Julien Lacheray 
 
Casting by
Christel Baras  (as Christel Baras ARDA)
 
Production Design by
Thomas Grézaud 
 
Makeup Department
Marie Luiset .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Loncan Benoit .... assistant unit manager
Gaëtane Josse .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Valérie Roucher .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jérôme Lorichon .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Frédéric Dabo .... assistant sound
Ivan Gariel .... foley mixer
Olivier Guillaume .... sound assistant: auditorium
Benjamin Laurent .... sound
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
François Méreu .... dialogue editor
Sébastien Savine .... sound editor
Daniel Sobrino .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Simon Descamps .... title
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Assenat .... assistant camera
Mathieu Cassan .... stagiaire image
Jean-Pierre Garbin .... additional electrician (as Jean-Pierre Garbon)
Aurélien Gerbault .... gaffer
Elie Girard .... second camera
Cyril Herry .... additional electrician (as Cyril Hery)
Jérémie Leloup .... chief machinist
 
Editorial Department
Alessia Chiesa .... assistant editor
Aline Conan .... colorist
 
Other crew
Melody Benistant .... press attache
François Guerrar .... press attache (as Francois Hassan Guerrar)
 
Thanks
Julie Artero .... thanks
Olivier Auguste-Dormeuil .... thanks
Sidney Balenci .... thanks
Livia Baroni .... thanks
Marco Baroni .... thanks
Sebastien Beffa .... thanks
Catherine Beiloeit .... thanks
Odile Beraud .... thanks
Céline Billot .... thanks
Rosalie Cimino .... thanks
Danièle D'Antoni .... thanks
Jacqueline Delaunay .... thanks
Elisabeth Depardieu .... thanks
Sylvie Dessauve .... thanks
Didier Diaz .... thanks
François Dupuy .... thanks
Olivier Duval .... thanks
Leyni Elice .... thanks
Rubens Elice .... thanks
Cécile Felsenberg .... thanks
Pascale Ferran .... thanks
José-Manuel Gonçalvés .... thanks
Géraldine Gues .... thanks (as Géraldine Gués)
Olivier Guillaume .... thanks
Sophie Haguet .... thanks
Bianca Lainé .... thanks
Noémie Lvovsky .... the director wishes to thank
Massi .... thanks
Jean-Jacques Millo .... thanks
Sandra Mirimanoff .... thanks
Nicolas Naegelen .... thanks
Martin Perreau .... thanks
Hugues Quattrone .... thanks
Pierrick Schnunt .... thanks
Laurent Sciamma .... thanks
Francesco Scraramella .... thanks
Vincent Texeira .... thanks
Florian Thiebaux .... thanks
Catherine Tocheport .... thanks
Tommaso Vergallo .... thanks
Christine Viau .... thanks
Stéphane Viguié .... thanks
Franck Weber .... thanks
 

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82 min | Germany:84 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Lisa:What's your name?
Laure:My name is Laure.
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Soundtrack:
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33 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful and tender to melt your heart, 7 January 2012
Author: Movie Geek from London, UK

This small independent film was made for peanuts (Filmed on a Canon 5D and just a handful of people in the crew) and it is probably unlikely to make any big impact on the box-office. However I'm sure it'll leave a mark on those few who will actually manage to see it.

Zoé Héran is absolutely wonderful as Laure, the 10 years old girl who's just moved into a new neighbourhood where nobody knows her and pretends to be a boy (Michaël) with her new friends. Her performance is one of the best of the year, and possibly among the best ever performances by a child: she not only perfectly captures that innocence that children of that age have, but at the same time she seems to have a deep understanding of the struggle and the pain of her character. Throughout the film she really acts as if she was a real boy in a way that's so believable that at some point I really started to wonder whether "she" was actually a real "he". The film knows that and it does play with you by stretching the lie as far as it possibly can, until it decides to show you the real truth in a beautifully handled scene where you do actually see briefly the girl naked. It's a fleeting moment and the film obviously doesn't linger on it, but it's enough to put our minds at rest so that we can carry on enjoying the rest of the story.

The director Céline Sciamma's ability to film children making it look real is incredible. It feels effortless as if the camera was one of the children themselves and we as the audience are left observing them playing in the forest as if we were spying on them, or as if it was all a documentary. Rarely I have seen scenes with such young children that feel so honest and real: the approach is subtle and light, the atmosphere is almost muted, dialogue to advance the story is used to a minimum and the silences are charges with meaning and intensity. This is a subject that rarely makes the news, let alone the movie theatres. And it's so refreshing not just to see it depicted in this film, but to have it told with such an understanding, honesty and open-mindedness. All this together with the stellar acting from little Zoé make the internal drama of Laure/Michaël even more poignant and powerful. Be warned, this is a slow film (a very short one too at only 82 minutes), that has "French independent" written all over it, from its pace, to its rough look and its lack of music score, but if you, like me, love films about children growing up, this sensitive, tender and never heavy- handed story might just melt your heart too.

I saw it months ago and I still remember it vividly, so it must have worked on me.

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