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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zoé Héran ... Laure / Mickäel
Malonn Lévana ... Jeanne
Jeanne Disson Jeanne Disson ... Lisa
Sophie Cattani Sophie Cattani ... La mère
Mathieu Demy ... La père
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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Taglines:

There's a new kid in town.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 April 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Agorokoritso 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:

$1,214,509
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

Rayan: [subtitled version]
[to Laure]
Rayan: We hear you're a girl. We're gonna check that.
Lisa: Stop it! What do you think you're doing?
Rayan: We're gonna check if she's really a girl.
Lisa: Leave him alone.
Rayan: You're right. It's YOU who'll check.
Lisa: No, I won't.
Rayan: If she's a girl, then you kissed her. It's disgusting. Right?
Lisa: Yes, it's disgusting.
[...]
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References The Jungle Book (1967) See more »

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Always
Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and Jerôme Echenoz
Published by Because Editions/Copyright Control


& © 2011 Para one & Tacteel
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A Different Story about Childhood
2 July 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The ten year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) and her six-year old sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana) move to a Parisian suburb near the nature with their parents. Laure befriends the children in the neighborhood but for an unknown reason, she tells that she is a boy, Mickäel. Soon he becomes popular among the new friends and the teenager Lisa (Jeanne Disson) feels attracted by him. When Laure's mother, who is pregnant, discovers that her daughter had lied about her gender to the children, she takes an attitude.

"Tomboy" is a different story of childhood, with a tomboy that lures her new friends and becomes a popular boy. Zoé Héran and Malonn Lévana are amazing and have magnificent performances. Unfortunately the stupid attitude of Lisa destroys the story. Children are mean in this type of situation and a mother should never expose her daughter the way Lisa does. She should seek professional support for Laure and herself to understand whether the attention-seeking of her daughter was just a way to get new friends or whether she is a transgender girl to properly deal with the situation. Depending on the medical orientation, the family should even need to move to another neighborhood to protect her daughter. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Tomboy"


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