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A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion. Zoe Heran as Laure/Michael and Malonn Levanna as Jeanne are nothing less than brilliant. This is a relationship movie: relationships between children, and the even more complicated one between one's heart and body. --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Modestly conceived and executed."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Since we are dealing with fresh-faced tweens, we are spared the gender histrionics to be found in the likes of The Crying Game or Boys Don't Cry. Those are indeed bigger films. But sometimes small things can pay off quite nicely."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"'Tomboy' makes its points about gender identity and confusion without resorting to cheap laughs or overwrought drama."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Sciamma's capturing of children at play is disarmingly accurate, perfectly showing the freewheeling nature of prepubescence in all its glory."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Brisk, precisely observed, and bracingly non-preachy in its examination of a very tricky subject."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
""Tomboy" is tender and affectionate."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Far from surprising at any point, Tomboy nonetheless holds one's attention though its sheer force of observation."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"This exquisite film is as pure as you can get; it's observational, it's minimalist, there's no intrusive music except where it is part of the action."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"The film's greatest accomplishment is writer/director Celine Sciamma's stunning ability to draw natural, believable performances from her adolescent cast, who never hit a false note in this moving film."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"Writer and director Celine Sciamma adorns the thorny dilemma with resonant allusions to gender roles..."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Tomboy," a brief and sweetly refreshing French film, is the story of a lie."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The director's low-key approach to such a seemingly complex topic really illuminates the subject in both very basic and rather profound ways."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
"Sweet and well observed, the film takes us inside a typical family in a typical Paris suburb - and gives us a spin"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
""Tomboy" is so specific and intuitive that I kept thinking, "How do the filmmakers know this stuff?""
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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