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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 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 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.

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:

€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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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

[last lines]
Lisa: What's your name?
Laure: My name is Laure.
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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »

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Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and Jerôme Echenoz
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& © 2011 Para one & Tacteel
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A gentle film that deserves to be watched quietly & savoured with gentle people.
22 September 2012 | by TheSquissSee all my reviews

When ten-year-old Laure moves to a Parisian suburb with her parents and younger sister, Jeanne, it is a difficult transition with a new neighbourhood to make home, new friends to find and a new school with which to contend. Although her parents clearly love her and Jeanne looks up to her as the ultimate big sister, Laure has issues of her own that isolate her from the world. Laure resists the stereotyping foisted upon young French girls and is content to run free in shorts and t-shirt as a tomboy and her parents seem at ease with her choice.

However, when she makes her first foray into friendship with a group of children who will soon be her peers at school, she introduces herself as Mickäel and they happily accept that she is a boy. Welcomed as part of the group of boys who swim and play football, Mickäel also forms a bond of friendship with Lisa (Jeanne Disson), a 'regular' girl, who sees in him a gentleness and sensitivity that is absent in the boys with whom she, too, has kicked around.

While never actually stated, the probability of Laure/Mickäel being (unnoticed, undiagnosed or just ignored) transgender is evident but writer/director Céline Sciamma prefers to take the gentler approach of studying social norms of gender types rather than a no-holds-barred sexual exploration.

Tomboy is a beautifully subtle film that is dialogue-light but filled with the language of silence and unarticulated glances. The three young principals are confident and natural in their performances and Sciamma appears content to sit back and let them play their parts fluidly and without strict direction. The relationship between Laure/Mickäel and Jeanne is particularly sensitively handled with the role of big sister meandering between the two according to circumstances.

There is little input from the parents, and they are credited simply as La mere and La père, but when the girls' mother steps into the scene her impact is immediate and stirs both judgment and understanding in the viewer.

While Tomboy suggests questions that could be asked, it stops short of dictating the answers and, instead, makes a suggestion that we may accept or condemn and, though some may find the subject matter uncomfortable, one hopes those very few who are attracted to this lovely film are not of the camp given to prejudice and fear-inspired anger.

Tomboy is a gentle film that deserves to be watched quietly and savoured in the company of gentle people.


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