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.
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
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.