sciamma does a good job of avoiding any adult/judgmental/imposing projections/explanations onto mikael as well as not presenting children's gender identity and sexuality as a disruptive "loss of innocence" (a common trope). overall, the film maintains a child's point of view - never sexualizing, politicizing, complicating, inflating the matter.
What is pure brilliance? How does Céline Sciamma do it? What an outstanding achievement! This film captures the innocence, yet complex little mind of a 10 year old child. It's unforgettably beautiful. A warm and moving story. Superb direction. This is a dazzling piece of cinema!
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