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Girl (2018)

R | | Drama | 18 January 2019 (USA)
Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Director:

Lukas Dhont

Writers:

Lukas Dhont (screenplay), Angelo Tijssens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Polster ... Lara
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Mathias
Oliver Bodart Oliver Bodart ... Milo
Tijmen Govaerts ... Lewis
Katelijne Damen Katelijne Damen ... Dr. Naert; le médecin
Valentijn Dhaenens Valentijn Dhaenens ... Dr. Pascal, le psychiatre
Magali Elali Magali Elali ... Christine
Alice de Broqueville Alice de Broqueville ... Lois
Alain Honorez Alain Honorez ... Alain
Chris Thys Chris Thys ... Hannah
Angelo Tijssens Angelo Tijssens ... Hendricks
Marie-Louise Wilderijckx Marie-Louise Wilderijckx ... Marie-Louise
Virginia Hendricksen Virginia Hendricksen ... Alain's Assistant
Daniel Nicodème Daniel Nicodème ... Opa
Els Olaerts Els Olaerts ... Oma
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Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, graphic nudity and brief disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

French | Flemish | English

Release Date:

18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziewczyna See more »

Filming Locations:

Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Official submission of Belgium for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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Pain of an undesired body, and being different
10 November 2018 | by jorengrembSee all my reviews

Girl is the directorial debut by Belgian director Lukas Dhont. It won the Caméra d'Or prize at the film festival of Cannes. It offers a stunning portrayal of a girl born as the wrong gender, and of the troubles she faces with her unwanted body.

Chances are life is hard for every teenager. Yet for Lara it's even harder. She's a girl trapped in the body of a boy. Although she gets accepted by her family, and even by her friends, she still feels misunderstood. No one, including the doctors, seem to realize just how much she want to fully change her body into that of a woman. This leads to a rather gruesome ending of the movie.

The every day struggle Lara faces is beautifully captured in this movie. Simple things from taking a shower with the rest of her girl friends after ballerina classes, or just going to the bathroom become a torture. Never mind doing a sleepover with all of her female friends, or finding a boyfriend.

Lara is brilliantly played by the only 16-year old actor Victor Polster who had no acting experience prior to this movie. Transgender movies have received more attention and accolades in the previous years (think Danish Girl, or A Fantastic Woman). Perhaps in the future it would be cherished to see an actual transgender play a transgender character. For now, Victor Polster is brilliant enough.

Lukas Dhont did well in portraying the struggles of being 'different' in a 21st century society, and how painful it can be to be stuck in the wrong body.


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