There is definitely something boyish about ten-year-old Laure. She has recently moved to a new area with her parents and her little sister, Jeanne. It’s summertime and all the other neighbourhood children are playing outside – only Laure is alone, for she knows nobody of her own age. But then, one day, she meets Lisa, a girl who is exactly the same age. Laure allows her new acquaintance to believe that she is a boy. Laure becomes Mikaël, and, no sooner has she brought about this ‘transformation’ than she begins playing with all the other neighbourhood children. As time passes, Laure’s relationship to Lisa becomes increasingly close, making the ambiguity of her situation ever more complicated.
Céline Sciamma is a proponent of a new generation of filmmakers in France. In an interview with Cineuropa in August 2007 she comments: “I became a cinephile as a result of young French cinema of the 90s: Desplechin, Lvovsky, Rochant. But I like Gus Van Sant and Larry Clark a lot too for their work on adolescence, not to forget David Lynch.” –Berlinale
Céline Sciamma (1980) is a French screenwriter and film director. She studied French literature at first, then completed courses in screenwriting at the Paris film school La Femis. She deals with both film and TV productions. Her debut film was Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres, 2007), which was successful at many international festivals. She also shot the short film Pauline (2010) and the feature-length film Tomboy (2011). She has also written several screenplays. —Zlin Film Festival
The situations that these characters are thrown into are absolutely incredible. Being behind the eyes of the main character gives you an honest perspective of how vulnerable Laure feels, and the struggle she must go through in order to maintain comfort in a state of “normality,” as Mickäel. Céline has managed to make a completely genuine film about confusion over sexuality, growing up, and personal identity.
One of the best films I saw in 2012. As someone who's restless and easily distracted, it's always a wonderful pleasure when a film comes along that can make me forget everything else. Much of this, I imagine, has to do with the superb acting, which was so on par, it didn't seem like anyone was acting at all (the best kind). Very endearing, natural characters, and absorbing story. 5/5
“Tomboy astutely explores the freedom, however brief, of being untethered to the highly rule-bound world of gender codes.”
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Avec son premier film Naissance des pieuvres, Céline Sciamma s’était faite remarquée par un film s’attaquant au désir chez l’adolescent. Avec Tomboy, elle parle de l’identité sexuelle de la jeunesse… read review