Tomboy

Tomboy

Tomboy

Critically acclaimed French drama about a 10-year-old girl who assumes a male identity to fit in when her family move to a small village. The film has won numerous awards at Gay and Lesbian film festivals around the world.

"Confirming the talent shown in her debut Water Lilies, Céline Sciamma explores children’s notions of gender and identity. 10-year-old Laure and her family have just moved to a new neighbourhood. Her mother is heavily pregnant with a third child, a baby brother for Laure and little sister Jeanne. Androgynous Laure hovers between childhood and something else, still romping around at home with giggly Jeanne in her thrall, but also keen to strike out on her own and enjoy what’s left of the summer holidays. When Lisa, a next-door neighbour Laure’s age, asks Laure her name, she forthrightly responds ‘Michaël’. Soon Michaël, barechested and bold, is playing soccer with the local boys. However, trying out boys’ stuff requires deception that Laure will have difficulty maintaining." (Source: NZ International Film Festival 2011)

Best Film with LGBT Themes at Berlin Film Festival, 2011. Golden Duke winner at the 2011 Odessa International Film Festival. Audience Award winner at San Fransisco Frameline Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Best Feature Film at Philadelphia QFest Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: M84 minsFranceFrench with English Subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Tomboy astutely explores the freedom, however brief, of being untethered to the highly rule-bound world of gender codes.

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Total Film

Total Film

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A sensitive study of pre-teen sexuality and confused gender roles, from a director who knows how to draw flawless turns from young ‘uns.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The story that emerges is programmatic and largely unsurprising, but these children give it messiness, joy and life.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The sense of a long, hot, unending summer is well caught, the children are excellent and Zoé Heran is wonderfully natural and touching.

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New York Post

New York Post

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Goes places an American filmmaker probably wouldn’t in her exploration of kids’ secret worlds.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Stands out as an especially affecting delicacy about the thrills and pitfalls of exploring who one is.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Coming-of-age tale tackles gender confusion with humor and heart.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A beautiful, matter-of-fact French drama.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A tender, sensitive French drama rich in hazy atmosphere.

3.0
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

A lovely, delicate little story.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Tomboy astutely explores the freedom, however brief, of being untethered to the highly rule-bound world of gender codes.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A sensitive study of pre-teen sexuality and confused gender roles, from a director who knows how to draw flawless turns from young ‘uns.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The story that emerges is programmatic and largely unsurprising, but these children give it messiness, joy and life.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The sense of a long, hot, unending summer is well caught, the children are excellent and Zoé Heran is wonderfully natural and touching.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Goes places an American filmmaker probably wouldn’t in her exploration of kids’ secret worlds.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Stands out as an especially affecting delicacy about the thrills and pitfalls of exploring who one is.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Coming-of-age tale tackles gender confusion with humor and heart.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A beautiful, matter-of-fact French drama.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A tender, sensitive French drama rich in hazy atmosphere.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

A lovely, delicate little story.

0

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