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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The scene, so delicate, of the nakedness of Laure and the revelation resulting from it, has been conscientiously put in place by Céline Sciamma. This scene is fundamental and Zoé Héran, from the script, knew she would have to shoot naked. Her parents were present at the time of filming and this intense moment could only exist in the image if they gave their agreement in view of the filmed sequence. 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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Lisa: [subtitled version] Are you looking for the others? I noticed you looking at them. They already left. Are you new around here?
Laure: Yeah, we got in yesterday.
Lisa: I'm Lisa. I live here.
[pause]
Lisa: You're shy.
Laure: No, I'm not.
Lisa: Won't you tell me your name?
Laure: Mickäel. My name is Mickäel.
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Always
[reprise]
Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and Jerôme Echenoz
Published by Because Editions/Copyright Control


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Tomboy or a matter of perception
21 April 2019 | by zutterjp48See all my reviews

After seen this film I found some interesant comments of Céline Sciamma about her film.Céline Sciamma insists very much about the perception (le regard in French) that people may have about a person: Lisa thinks that Laure is a boy and all the "confusion" begins when Lisa asks Laure about her name and Laure answers "Mickael" !! From then the other children consider Laure as as boy. In this age some young girls like to play soccer,wear masculine clothes and people call them tomboys o garçon manqué in French: in most of these cases the experience is quite temporary.The performance of Zoé Héran as Laure/Mickael is remarkable.Also the other actors and actresses are very good.A very interesting story and therefore a very good film.


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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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