Tomboy

Tomboy

(2011)

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.... More

"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)Hide

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

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

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

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

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

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