There is definitely something boyish about ten-year-old Laure. It’s summer and she has recently moved to a new area with her parents and her little sister, Jeanne. Laure allows her new neighbourhood acquaintances to believe that she is a boy. That’s how Laure becomes Michael. Truth or dare?
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Another sweet and beautifully shot film about childhood and growing up by Sciamma. Each of the young performers were incredible. After seeing Tomboy and Water Lilies, I am now certain that Sciamma has become one of those directors whose work I will always make the greatest of efforts to see.
A profoundly humane depiction of the blurred boundaries of gender and the nature of all to be on various places on the masculine-feminine spectrum. Sciamma has an intuitive sense of realism that is reminiscent of Dardenne. This is a very moving and intelligent portrait.
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
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
"naissance des pieuvres" was the last film that I had seen in that year's festival.when the movie ended, i didn't wanna move or walk or talk.and I couldn't for some few minutes. it was such an unique experience. and I will -hopefully- see this one in the festival of october.and I CAN HARDLY WAIT.