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Tomboy [Blu-ray]


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  • Directors: Céline Sciamma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JZ90M0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ten year old Laure isn t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighbourhood, family life remains much the same. That is, until local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy.

Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure must face up to an uncertain future.

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One of the great films made by adults for adults about children.

--Little White Lies

A Flawless Performance

--Total Film

An Absolute Delight

--David Aldridge BBC5live

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Celine Sciamma already showed her sensitivity in working with adolescents in Water Lilies, which was a startlingly intense survery of the emotional landscape of three teenage girls; here she finds a lighter tone, at least for much of the film, which is appropriate to the younger age group. She seems to capture brilliantly how ten-year-olds behave and think (as far as I can judge), and keeps the adult world somewhat at a distance, even though it is certainly a film for adults. The two central performances are really something to marvel at - two sisters, the older of whom is passing herself off as a boy in their new neighbourhood. Of course it can't last, but Laure, or Mickael, as she is known outside the house, is a most winning presence and shown to be a remarkably sensitive child, very protective of her sister as an older brother might be. The treatment she is subjected to is upsetting because it feels so wrong; she really is fine just as she is, but society cannot handle such a blurring of the genders. Even the children seem to find it unacceptable, largely, especially the boys, indicating how early these gender roles are established and how strong the need to conform to them really is. The real coup, apart from the extraordinary sensitivity of Sciamma's camera, is Zoe Heran's performance, which is little short of miraculous; I kept feeling what a wonderful child she was, different from the others but empathic and kind, as well as boyish, to an exceptional degree. It makes you sad to realise how many tribulations a child like Laure must go through on the path to adulthood, and how damaging all that is, but a film like this can only help towards greater acceptance. The camera tends to show the young cast a lot in close-up, mirroring the immediacy of their world and its focus on immediate surroundings. On a lighter note, it is very nice to see Mathieu Demy - son of Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda - taking the role of the father with a wonderful gentleness and paternal love.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic movie.

In celebrating the last, perfect, unrepeatable summer of the titular 'Tomboy' we join a group of kids having the kind of childhood adventures we all imagine we had, or wish we could have experienced. You are swept along with the growing confidence of Michael as he realises he can successfully pass; his cautious exhilaration is intoxicating and absolutely sincere.

This film does not shy away from tackling the issues which cannot be ignored when talking about trans kids. Watching children's easy acceptance and tolerance be gradually inhibited by adults' fear makes this captivating and, at times, terrifying viewing.

No review of this film would be complete without talking about Zoé Héran's SPECTACULAR performance in the lead role. I kept catching myself mistaking this film for fact and reminding myself it was not; so convincing, honest and natural was her performance! An actress this young cast in such a challenging, understated role and pulling it off so completely is something I've never really seen before - the only comparison I can think of is Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver [DVD] [1999], suffice to say, she does justice to both the story and spirit of the film.

Buy it, watch it, tell your friends. You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pipnuts on 11 Mar 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I debated with myself for months before buying this film, but I love the film 'Ma Vie En Rose', about a little boy who wants to be a little girl, so I was curious to see how the story of a little girl who wants to be a little boy might be handled. I suppose therefore, maybe I bought this film as an academic companion piece to 'Ma Vie En Rose'.

In either case, the scenario had to be handled sensitively and proficiently by the actors and directors concerned, to avoid their efforts descending into puerile comedic farce. Fortunately, in both cases, this has not happened.

Celine Sciamma's debut as a Director, 'Water Lilies'', was an almost claustrophobically tense dance of adolescent first love, lust, and friendship. This piece, however, retains the freedom and breathtaking joyousness of childhood, without seeking to mask the truth for the sake of an adult's eyes.

Zoe Heran is perfectly cast as Laure, the ten year old girl who slips into the persona of Michael without a backward glance when she and her family move to a new neighbourhood. She is to be commended for her bravery in taking on this role, as it cannot be easy for a child to be told that they would do well playing the opposite sex. Casting Zoe Heran's real life friends in the film was a masterstroke, as their presence on screen gives the film a fly-on-the-wall feel that just helps to extend the naturally joyous feel of childhood to the viewer.

Inevitably, any serious film collector or fan thinking of buying this film may seek comparisons between Laure and characters such as Saga (Melinda Kinnaman) in 'My Life As A Dog. Don't. This film is very much in the neo-realist tradition of modern european cinema and, as such, the situation in which Laure finds herself is very naturalistic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 27 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
This is a beautifully put together film. The acting is superb. Other reviewers have rightfully commended Zoé Héran for her portrayal of a child in conflict with her body and the expectations of society.

The film raises the usual questions about gender and sexuality, but this is achieved by allowing the audience to enter the child's world, so that we understand and share her pain. I think it is doing incredibly important work - work that a hundred theoretical texts cannot do. It should be shown to anyone unsympathetic towards the problems faced by transgendered/transexual people.

It is also a great film about childhood and evokes memories of long summers, rough play and tender friendships. I look forward to Céline Sciamma's future projects.
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