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Girl (2018)

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

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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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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

French | Flemish | English

Release Date:

18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziewczyna See more »

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1.66 : 1
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-Girl's screenplay was developed as part of the Cinefondation of Cannes in 2016. Two years later, the film was selected at Un Certain Regard where he left with the Interpretation Award for Victor Polster and the Caméra d'Or, who rewards the best first film. See more »

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Good, but not sensational
28 October 2018 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

'Girl' was a sensation in Cannes and received rave reviews in the Flemish press. This film is about a teenage girl who wants to be a ballet dancer, but is born with the body of a boy. It is based on a real life story about a transgender ballet dancer, who has publicly endorsed the film.

The film shows the anguish the girl feels about being stuck in the wrong body. She almost can't wait to get female curves. Although she looks very feminine and has the support of everyone around her, the whole process causes severe emotional problems. Moreover, her ballet classes are extremely hard and she isn't exactly an excellent pupil.

The film succeeds in showing what a girl like her has to go through. But nevertheless, I was a bit dissapointed after having seen the film. Apart from the transgender theme, there is not much moving the story forward from a dramatic point of view. A lot of scenes show the ballet classes, and after a while they don't offer anything new to the story. The same goes for the conversations between the girl and the medical team. The doctors encourage her to be patient, she reacts by not saying much in reply. In order to add any dramatic evolution into the screenplay, there is a very shocking incident at the very end. But to me, this felt forced, out of place and overdone. (This scene is, by the way, not based on a real life event).

The lead actor, Victor Polster, is in a way perfect for the role because he has the right androgyn looks. He is also convincing as a shy teenager, not feeling comfortable with a lot of things in life. But on the other hand I found his acting a bit restrained and one-dimensional, he showed little emotion.

The film received criticism for being too obsessed with the physical aspects of being a transgender, and not enough with the emotional side of it. I think this is beside the point, because the only question that really should matter is: is this a good film? My answer to that question is: yes, but not as good as the hype around it makes us believe.


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