* The topics about sex identites.
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
Zoé Héran is nothing short of amazing. Sciamma as director deserves a great deal of credit for her authentic capture of the sisters' relationship. I've not seen two children better directed. Ever.
A lovely film exploring adolescent gender, transgender, whatever themes. Where do they find these actors? So good and so young. Fairly mainstream film available on Netflix streaming. Well worth a watch.
I'd say this film is essential to 2012. The direction is completed by the script, and they're both genial; the kids are either brilliant actors from the get-go or are wonderfully directed. It's a kids' world in this film, and it's all the better for it. It made me question my own ideas, preconceptions and prejudice when gender is involved, and is eye-opening, funny and a bit sad. It's life, beautifully presented.
A tender, gentle film about gender through the eyes of children that never judges any of its characters. Just lovely.
For some reason Tomboy has not received a lot of attention, but in my opinion it is one of the best films of 2011. It is reminiscent in many ways of Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry, where the female protagonist passes herself off as a boy. Young Zoé Héran is excellent as ten year old Laure. The acting is terrific from every member of the cast, which obliterates the argument that there are no talented child actors.
A warm and beautiful story, with wonderful actors and characters. The sex identities has rarely been done better: it doesn't feel weird or unnatural or embarrassing, though you really feels for the protagonist.
Céline Sciamma perfectly captures that painful transition from the innocence of childhood to the angst of puberty. And that is not even the main thematic thread of the movie! This is just so moving and beautiful! The immersive scenes with the children brought me back in time. Zoé Héran is stunning in her portrayal of Laure/Michael. An absolute revelation of a performance.