The young actress does a bona fide job of playing Mikael/Lorre, but I was pleasantly surprised by the supporting performances and characterizations of her family. "I'm not doing this to hurt you, or teach you a lesson. I have to, understand? I don't mind you playing 'the boy.' It doesn't even make me sad. But it can't go on." And that's the unfortunate bottom line, but does it mean it will end there?
Filme testimonial sobre una niña y una condición que sobrelleva en solitario y a expensas de su familia. Lo mejor de "Tomboy" es que no cae en el cliché sobre dramas cargados a propósito de reprendas paternales ni tampoco se sostiene del bullying generado por el prejuicio social. Aquí la historia se transita cual anécdota íntima. No manipula, humilla o busca redenciones forzadas. Su final optimista es natural.
The cast of Laure/Mickäel was perfect, so much so that I had to search to be sure that it was really a girl playing the role. "Tomboy" is written, acted and shot in such a lovely and honest way that you can't help but to feel as you're part of this family, and, just like them, you want that little girl to be who she is... but the outside world slowly creeps in, imposing all those oppressing labels and expectations.
I don't remember ever watching anything as cruel and cute as this wonderful attempt to portrait the issues of gender identity in the childhood. The performance of Zoé Héran is impeccable and her chemistry with her awkward little sister is truly believable. Despite the heavy subject, the movie leans on the child point of view, providing the exact amount of innocence to deal with it - its only fault is ending too soon.
Laure/Michael et Jeanne sont remarquables, surtout la mignonne Jeanne qui a volé la vedette et mon cœur, c'est étonnant qu'elle n'ait guère 10 ans, quel talent. J'ai besoin de plus de film comme ça, peu de phrases compliquées donc je pourrais pratiquer ma compréhension orale ;D
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!