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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.

Director:

Céline Sciamma

Writer:

Céline Sciamma (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Zoé Héran ... Laure / Mickäel
Malonn Lévana ... Jeanne
Jeanne Disson Jeanne Disson ... Lisa
Sophie Cattani Sophie Cattani ... La mère de Laure
Mathieu Demy ... Le père de Laure
Rayan Boubekri Rayan Boubekri ... Rayan
Yohan Vero Yohan Vero ... Vince
Noah Vero Noah Vero ... Noah
Cheyenne Lainé Cheyenne Lainé ... Cheyenne
Christel Baras Christel Baras ... La mère de Lisa
Valérie Roucher Valérie Roucher ... La mère de Rayan
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A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old born Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mickäel to the neighborhood children. It is heavily implied that Mickäel 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 Mickäel navigates these in the background of childhood play and love. Written by amisophe

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There's a new kid in town.

Genres:

Drama

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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 »

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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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La mère de Lisa: Lisa?
Lisa: Yes?
La mère de Lisa: Come here. This is Mickäel's mum. She's come here to say Mickäel is not actually Mickäel but a girl, not a boy. She's waiting for you in the kitchen.
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Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and Jerôme Echenoz
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lite fare
22 September 2011 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Laure, the tomboy of the title, moves because of Dad's job to a new neighbourhood and has to negotiate the minefield of finding new friends. With her short-cropped hair and boyish looks, it is easy for Laure to pass herself off as a boy. So she does. Existing as Mikael, she digs a hole deeper and deeper for herself during summer holidays. With the start of school approaching, friendships made and romances embarked upon, something has to give.

The film works in large part due to the casting. Zoé Héran as Laure / Mikael is so convincing as a boy that when she does finally don a dress it just looks... wrong. A double for a young Sting, she has an easy charisma and strong expression that makes her every move unmissable. Mikael is befriended by Lisa, a precocious Jeanne Disson, and young love blossoms in bizarre circumstances. As strong as these two performances are, Malonn Lévana Malonn as Laure's little sister Jeanne steals every scene she is in. Given a secret to keep half-way through, she crackles and delights every time you see her and wonder if she can keep the confidence.

As delightful as the children are, the theme of a young girl yearning to be a boy is presented but hardly explored. The film is episodic, one summer in the life of a mixed up girl. Laure's reasons for taking things so far are never dealt with beyond surface levels, and no resonance to wider concerns in society are present. The narrative strains with such insubstantial fare, but never breaks. Fans of such coming-of-age tales as Stand By Me or Yamada's Village of Dreams will enjoy this tale.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 April 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Seine-et-Marne, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,078, 20 November 2011

Gross USA:

$129,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,437,501
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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