Tomboy

Tomboy

Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighbourhood, family life remains much the same. That is, until local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure must face up to an uncertain future. 3.9 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
Tomboy

Omniscore:

Certificate U
Genre Drama
Director Céline Sciamma
Cast Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy Zoé Héran
Studio Peccadillo Pictures
Release Date September 2011
Running Time 84 mins
 

Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighbourhood, family life remains much the same. That is, until local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure must face up to an uncertain future.

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

...this is the rare, modestly scaled film that bites off exactly what it’s able to chew, and chews it perfectly.

15/09/2011

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Channel 4 Film

Catherine Bray

[A] heart-breaking portrayal of what it means to be caught outside prescribed norms.

20/09/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Sciamma's direction is finely balanced between telling a story and raising questions of sexual identity.

16/09/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

The children are excellent and Zoé Heran is wonderfully natural and touching.

17/09/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

...a lyrical reminder of how confounding childhood can be.

17/09/2011

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Time Out

David Jenkins

Adorable.

15/09/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Sciamma captures perfectly the collective giddy happiness of children’s play — despite the brooding shadow of Laure’s quandary, this is a film full of laughter.

16/09/2011

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Total Film

Philip Kemp

Praise be for no sententious ‘we’ve all learned something today’ scenes.

06/09/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

[It's]humane, but it yields a drama that, in essence, is much like any other growing-pains story.

18/09/2011

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

...an atmospheric, nostalgic portrait of a naive childhood deception which will resonate with anyone who told a fib or two in their youth — crossdressers or otherwise.

20/09/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

An interesting miniature.

15/09/2011

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