Tomboy

November 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ◊ ½

This charming film follows a few weeks in the life of 10 or 11 year old French girl, Laure, whose family has just moved to a new community.  She tells the neighborhood kids that her name is Michaël.  She plays soccer, swims and falls in love as a boy until, of course, she’s caught.  The actress who plays Laure/Michaël does a fantastic job of capturing all the trepidation and excitement that goes with this new life.  She is well complimented by her much-wiser-than-five-years-old little sister.  My only complaint would be that the ending wraps up a little neatly; conveniently not exploring what would be in real life a fairly traumatic revelation.  However, to do that properly and still end with a tone that matched the rest of the film, would have taken a good deal longer.  In the end, this is a nice addition to the growing ranks of transgendered films and belongs alongside “Ma Vie en Rose.”

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