Tomboy (2011 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Céline Sciamma|
|Produced by||Bénédicte Couvreur|
|Screenplay by||Céline Sciamma|
|Music by||Para One|
|Editing by||Julien Lacheray|
|Studio||Hold Up Films
arte France Cinéma
|Distributed by||Pyramide Distribution|
|Running time||82 minutes|
Tomboy is a 2011 French drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma. The story follows a 10-year-old girl named Laure who, after moving with her family to a new neighborhood, dresses as a boy and introduces herself to her new friends as Mickäel. The film opened to positive reviews, with critics praising the directing as well as the performances of the children, particularly Zoé Héran as the lead.
Laure is a 10-year-old girl settling into her new home in Paris. She meets Lisa, one of the neighborhood's children and introduces herself as Mikäel. Lisa instantly assumes that she is a boy. With her androgynous look and boyish dress, it would be extremely difficult to discern that she is biologically a girl. Lisa then introduces Mikäel to the rest of the neighborhood children stating that he is the new kid in the apartment complex. It isn't until after a bath scene that the viewer finds out that Mikäel is a girl; the other children don't know the truth. At home, she is a girl and goes by Laure, but to all the neighborhood children she is a boy and goes by Mikäel. Summer leads to the children in the building playing together a lot and Mikäel eventually attracts the attention of Lisa who ends up falling in love with him, unaware that Mikäel is a girl. After a fight between Mikäel and another boy in the apartment complex the children find out that Mikäel is a girl. After that, her whole charade seems to fall apart...
- Zoé Héran as Laure/Mickäel
- Jeanne Disson as Lisa
- Malonn Lévana as Jeanne, Mickaël's sister
- Sophie Cattani as the mother
- Mathieu Demy as the father
The film is supposed to explore themes of ambiguous sexuality. Writer/director Céline Sciamma said of Tomboy "The movie is ambiguous about Mikael's feelings for Lisa. It plays with the confusion. I wanted it to be that way."
Tomboy earned very positive reviews. Earning 97% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a consensus saying, "In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart."Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave 3.5 out of 4 stars, commenting that Tomboy is "tender and affectionate".
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- Jury Award at the 2011 Teddy Awards, given for the best film with LGBT themes at the Berlin film festival.
- Golden Duke, the main prize of the official competition of the 2011 Odessa International Film Festival.
- Audience Award at the 2011 San Francisco Frameline Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
- Best Feature Film at the 2011 Philadelphia QFest Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
- Competition at the 2011 Torino Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
- Nominated for the GLAAD Media Award as Outstanding Film — Limited Release.
- Héran won the Jury Award for Best Performance at the 2011 NewFest Film Festival.
- Héran was nominated for the Young Artist Award as Best Leading Young Performer in an International Feature Film.
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