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France, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Céline Sciamma


Winner of Best Queer Film at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

After relocating to a new neighbourhood, ten-year-old Laure decides to trade on her androgynous looks to pose as a boy. While initially revelling in her new identity, things get complicated when a local girl named Lisa becomes desperately infatuated with the boy she thinks is 'Michael'.

A gentle, humorously played film about the exploration of gender identity in one's 'tweens, Tomboy once again proves the singular talent writer-director Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies) has for coaxing impressive performances out of young, inexperienced actors. Quietly subversive yet never preachy, Tomboy is a sweet and assured movie about growing up, the glimmerings of adolescence and how exactly a girl should fill out a pair of Speedos.

D/S Céline Sciamma P Benedicte Couvreur Dist Rialto L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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