Tomboy
France (FR), 2011, 82 minutes, SD
Tomboy Synopsis


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.




Won the Teddy Jury Award at Berlin International Film Festival, 2011




"Tomboy is a beautifully directed, superbly acted and sharply observed study of emerging female sexuality that's by turns funny, thought provoking, suspenseful and heart-breaking. Highly recommended. - 4 stars" - Viewlondon.co.uk




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Reviewed by amyfaulkner
Child actor Zoé Héran is astonishingly mature and brave in her role as Laure, a little girl who sports a boys haircut and clothes and adopts the name Mikael in... more
Child actor Zoé Héran is astonishingly mature and brave in her role as Laure, a little girl who sports a boys haircut and clothes and adopts the name Mikael in front of her new friends. For her debut role, she is very comfortable and it is clear that this film reaches out and touches us so deeply because it speaks with a heart. There are elements of personal experience from both cast and director, Céline Sciamma, that enrich the film. What is so special is that it is a short snapshot. We do not know whether Laure is transgender and this will mature with time or if this is a childhood phase. This film paints childhood as a time of experiment and a time of innocence where you can follow your heart without scruple or hesitation. Malonn Lévana is also wonderful in her role as sister highlighting that unbreakable human barricade that is the childhood sibling relationship.
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Reviewed by montybrando
Brilliant, essential viewing for all audiences. What a touching, honest, beautiful little film. The film shows the nuances in growing up and how confusing a time it can be. It... more
Brilliant, essential viewing for all audiences. What a touching, honest, beautiful little film. The film shows the nuances in growing up and how confusing a time it can be. It shows us what is so important about film; the ability to tell the stories of others, especially those who haven't had their stories told before. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by Tania123
The little actress in this adorable film was so cute I wantd to reach out and hug her. It's rare to see a film that is so honest and pure... more
The little actress in this adorable film was so cute I wantd to reach out and hug her. It's rare to see a film that is so honest and pure about childhood - this is one of them.
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Reviewed by Lorlor87
Probably one of the best films about childhood ever made. Amazing that the director found Zoe Heran and cast her in the lead without any acting experience. Her performance is... more
Probably one of the best films about childhood ever made. Amazing that the director found Zoe Heran and cast her in the lead without any acting experience. Her performance is so enchanting. Will make you cry with joy :) a beautiful little film.
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  • This film shows how innocent and fragile a young mind is. Moral issues are non-existent, and that is what makes them so pure.

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