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Tomboy [DVD]

Zoé Héran , Malonn Lévana , Céline Sciamma    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson
  • Directors: Céline Sciamma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JZ90MU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.


Interview with director

Behind the scenes featurette

Dolby Digital 5.1

Product Description

A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing 10 Dec 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomboy 17 April 2012
By sarah
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Great film, lovely portrait of a family blending affection with the gift of independence to the children. As much about love and friendship as about gender issues. Beautifully acted particularly by the children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful but with sad undercurrent 16 Oct 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review of Tomboy 1 Jun 2012
By John
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I like european films because they work on a different level from the anglo-saxon world.The P.G. rated film Tomboy is no exception and with a lot of French films they are not shy with dealing with ackward subjects. The film as suggested deals with a tomboy and her confusion over her sexality.The director has used low-angle letterbox style of filming which really hones in on the subject it tells of a move to a new home and how she tries to get acceptance from the local children while acting like a boy.Her youger sister gives the game away to her parents and this in turn her only female friend who thinks she is a boy eventualy finds out.The film ends on a good note as her female friend accepts her for what she actually is.
The style of the film is what adults would like childhood to be rather than it actually is with children being allowed to play outside and in the nearby park on their own, it could be described as a fly on the wall documentry of childhoodand sometimes it feels you are watching a family`s own film records. The younger sister in these scenes tends to upstage her older tomboy sibling.

The film was made on a limited budget and in three weeks and is a tribute to the director but that is why european films are so different and tend to deal with real life problems.
If you decide to buy this film there are also two other films to consider,
on this subject Mai vai en rose (My life in pink) from France and Darfinkar and Donickar from Sweden.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb independent film 17 Mar 2012
By S Fox
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Tomboy is probably the best film about childhood I've ever seen. Céline Sciamma's direction makes all the difference. The film is fluid and seems to naturally follow the pace of childhood in the summer holidays. It's not a film full of fast action or hollywood twists and turns but instead captures the essence of what it feels like to be a child, facing all the difficults and questions that children face. The subject matter is dealt with in a sensitive and yet candid way. The acting performances of all the lead roles are truly excellent. It's so rare to see children acting so well. Above all it is an interesting, challenging story brought vividly to life and leaves me feeling the echos of long summers playing with my friends when I was young. I loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lived up to expectations
This has to be the best French language film I've seen in ages. I'd seen trailers for this on so many other DVDs that I couldn't avoid watching it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by PhilM
5.0 out of 5 stars Having read some of the write-ups about this film
I knew that it was going to be an experience: but whether a good or bad one for me, I wasn't too sure?
Everyone's opinion is subjective. Read more
Published 7 days ago by I. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, poignant, fun
A little bit predictable but a fun film about a poignant subject; well played and portrayed. We enjoyed it and felt empathy with the main protagonist. Recommended.
Published 14 days ago by Mr. N. J. Pettefar
4.0 out of 5 stars great
In the same style, I saw another French movie called MA VIE EN ROSE a few years back which was the story of a boy who felt more like he should be/was a girl inside... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandrine Garnier
5.0 out of 5 stars Finely observed growing-up portrait
Unusual, precious.

I'm not sure I like the implication at the end, because it might be generalised to imply that this is always the desirable outcome, but as one girl's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tia Azulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film
Really enjoyed this - even with the subtitles!

A fun watch - expected the worst but glad it was sensitive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Teresa Millward
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomboy
I really enjoyed this film. It is quite short but well acted with a engaging story line. It is a view on childhood and growing up and the changes and difficulties that are faced. Read more
Published 11 months ago by RR
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW WOW WOW
Brand new movie and an amazing one too.
I advise people to watch this, it is a must!
Amazing service! Fast delivery.
Thank you very much!
Published 13 months ago by Janine Georg
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Got the film Tomboy because so I could see before it was in USA. It was good film it a Reilly LGBT film.
Published 13 months ago by C. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Blush Of Innocents
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by pipnuts
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