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Girl (2018)

R | | Drama | 15 March 2019 (USA)
A promising teenage dancer enrolls at a prestigious ballet school while grappling with her gender dysphoria.

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Lukas Dhont

Writers:

Lukas Dhont (screenplay), Angelo Tijssens (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 31 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Polster ... Lara
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Mathias
Oliver Bodart Oliver Bodart ... Milo
Tijmen Govaerts Tijmen Govaerts ... Lewis
Katelijne Damen Katelijne Damen ... Le docteur Naert - le médecin
Valentijn Dhaenens ... Le docteur 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 ... 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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A promising teenage dancer enrolls at a prestigious ballet school while grappling with her gender dysphoria.

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

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It screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Caméra d'Or award for best first feature film at the festival, as well as the Queer Palm. Also at Cannes, Victor Polster won the Un Certain Regard Jury Award for Best Performance. It was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. At the London Film Festival on 20 October 2018, Girl won the Sutherland Trophy for the Best First Feature. See more »

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Featured in 2019 Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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An Emotionally Devastating Coming-of-Age Tale
26 September 2018 | by roblesar99See all my reviews

Emotionally devastating yet reassuringly empathetic, director Lukas Dhont's GIRL tells the story of transgender ballerina Lara as she seeks to complete her transition while struggling to achieve her dreams. Make no mistake, this is a tough film to watch (as exemplified by the cringing noises and gasps from the elderly women sitting in the row behind me), but it's also a rewarding one. Victor Polster delivers some of the best work of the year in his portrayal of the protagonist, and while some will rightly be bothered by the fact that Polster is a cisgender male actor who cannot ever known firsthand the difficulties that someone like Lara would have gone through her entire life, he nonetheless delivers an arresting, sensitive performance that adroitly examines these devastating struggles. And while the film does focus a fair amount on the struggles that Lara faces through her transition, it also highlights her resilience and courage, which define her more than anything else. I also have to point out that it's been a landmark year for movie dads, with Arieh Worthalter fitting right in with Michael Stuhlbarg's dad from CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Josh Hamilton's dad from EIGHTH GRADE, and Tracy Letts' dad from LADY BIRD. Worthalter shines as a devoting father who desires nothing more than his daughter's happiness.

If there's one thing I disliked about GIRL, however, it's the slow pacing, which I really started to feel during the last fifteen minutes of the film or so. It's only 105 minutes long but each and every minute is certainly felt. I also wasn't the biggest fan of Dhont cutting the music off during certain scenes (let the scene play out, Dhont!). Despite my complaints and the fact that I might not have loved GIRL, I still certainly believe it's worth watching.


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