Tomboy (2011 film)

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Tomboy
Tomboy2011.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCéline Sciamma
Produced byBénédicte Couvreur
Screenplay byCéline Sciamma
StarringZoé Héran
Malonn Lévana
Jeanne Disson
Sophie Cattani
Mathieu Demy
Music byPara One
CinematographyCrystel Fournier
Editing byJulien Lacheray
StudioHold Up Films
arte France Cinéma
Canal+
Distributed byPyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20)
Running time82 minutes[1]
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Budget1 million
Box officeUS$129,834[2]
 
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Tomboy
Tomboy2011.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCéline Sciamma
Produced byBénédicte Couvreur
Screenplay byCéline Sciamma
StarringZoé Héran
Malonn Lévana
Jeanne Disson
Sophie Cattani
Mathieu Demy
Music byPara One
CinematographyCrystel Fournier
Editing byJulien Lacheray
StudioHold Up Films
arte France Cinéma
Canal+
Distributed byPyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20)
Running time82 minutes[1]
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Budget1 million
Box officeUS$129,834[2]

Tomboy is a 2011 French drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma.[3] 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 Mikäel. 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.[4][5][6]

Synopsis[edit]

Laure is a young 10-year-old trans boy settling into his new home in Paris. He meets Lisa, one of the neighborhood's children and introduces himself as Mikäel. With his androgynous look and boyish dress, it would be extremely difficult to discern that he is biologically a female. 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 female; the other children don't know the truth. At home, he is a girl and goes by Laure, but to all the neighborhood children he 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 female. After a fight between Mikäel and another boy in the apartment complex the children find out that Mikäel is female. After that, his whole charade seems to fall apart...

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Themes[edit]

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."[7]

Reception[edit]

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."[8]Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave 3.5 out of 4 stars, commenting that Tomboy is "tender and affectionate".[9]

Home media[edit]

Tomboy was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on March 5, 2012[10] and in the United States on June 5, 2012.[11]

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