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211 Ratings


Directed by Lukas Dhont
Belgium, Netherlands, 2018
Drama, LGBT+


Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes she was born a boy.

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Girl Directed by Lukas Dhont

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | 4 wins including: Caméra d'Or

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2018 | 2 wins including: City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award

Unfortunately, despite strenuous pretenses of compassion, Girl’s escalating obsessions reprise long histories of cruel, transphobic storytelling.
January 02, 2019
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As is consistent with the dance film, also, so much is said through gesture and other kinds of non-verbal expressivity in Girl. At the same time, Dhont’s open ending refuses to give us moralising answers as to Lara’s decisions, leaving it up to the viewer to decide.
December 20, 2018
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Even leaving fraught issues of what Dhont has termed “genderless casting” aside (Polster identifies as cisgender), Girl eventually raises suspicion for its clumsy escalation of glibly “harrowing” detail.
August 31, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Girl

    "A case of life", filmed as a television report - hand-held camera always chasing the actors to see (show) more, and more - that in the most journalistic (some will call it dramatic) scene, near the end (supposedly the plot climax) finds a formal subtlety, unusual for what until then occurred. Without a cinematic look almost no drama resists/exist and this one is no exception.

  • astygianelysium's rating of the film Girl

    !SPOILERS! "Prove to me you're a girl by showing me your penis." This is the voice of the norm, insecure about gender (because gender is impossible to anchor, even to something as "objective" as sex); hence Lara poses a dire threat to their Symbolic. Lara's act of self-mutilation is also an act of self-determination: her agency is manifest in the negative, "I will be anything but a man." Astonishingly intimate.

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film Girl

    A subtle drama that develops slowly towards an ending that puts all the unexplained into context. Lara is so withdrawn that neither the father, the therapist nor the viewer can access her thoughts. Yet the movie’s not alienating, thanks to the main actor, whose performance is full of details and small gestures and suppressed feelings.

  • Luis's rating of the film Girl

    Frankly I will not talk about a topic that I don't have the most adequate knowledge but I feel its theme was too generalized in a too dramatic field. I'm not saying it's necessarily bad but perhaps the approach becomes too tragic and unhappy. I understand that it's a drama but I don't know, I'm just not satisfied with that approach. The film isn't bad, it's quite well done but I didn't like the narrative approach.

  • pancake lizard's rating of the film Girl

    Social dramas aren't my jam, but the only real flaw in this for me was the overly dramatic final 15 minutes. Great editing, great directing, incredible performance. A loving portrayal of a person with dreams and fears, flaws and contradictions.

  • AugusteB's rating of the film Girl

    Ambivalent experience. Somehow the combination of topics: trans, ballet school, single dad family and being in puberty was in itself complex enough and as a mix a bit odd. Even if there was a lot of understanding for Lara's situation, the film showed too many moments of violation, which made me feel uncomfortable.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Girl

    Premier long métrage d'un jeune réalisateur flamand qui défraya la chronique cannoise et fut encensé dans quelques festivals, dont nous relèverons surtout l'extrême fluidité de la prise de vue et la généreuse prestation de son acteur principal, Victor Polster dont se sont les premiers pas (de danse) au cinéma...

  • caddie's rating of the film Girl

    (Cannes 2018) An absolute beauty, one of my Cannes favourites. A film that makes reminds us the layers of the complexity of being human - among which the omnipresent question of sexuality.

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