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Tomboy (2011)



Critic Consensus: In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.

Movie Info

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. -- (C) Rocket Releasingmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Céline Sciamma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
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Zoé Héran
as Laure/Mikael
Sophie Cattani
as Laure's Mother
Mathieu Demy
as Laure's Father
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Critic Reviews for Tomboy

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (24)

Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Brisk, precisely observed, and bracingly non-preachy in its examination of a very tricky subject.

Full Review… | March 7, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Writer and director Celine Sciamma adorns the thorny dilemma with resonant allusions to gender roles...

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Modestly conceived and executed.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"Tomboy" is tender and affectionate.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"Tomboy," a brief and sweetly refreshing French film, is the story of a lie.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tomboy


These kids and the script are incredibly charming. Instantly makes the reader empathize with issues in gender confusion and root for the protagonist to maintain his perception of himself.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


An honest drama that raises some interesting questions about sexual identity and why genders are supposed to be important. Sciamma directs her film with simplicity, using a naturalistic direction to approach this delicate subject, observing the characters and leaving an appropriate open ending.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


In "Tomboy," 10-year old Laure(Zoe Heran) moves to a new neighborhood with her parents(Sophie Cattani & Mathieu Demy) and younger sister Jeanne(Malonn Levana). While looking out from an apartment window one pleasant afternoon, Laure sees a group of boys playing out in the park. When she finally leaves her sister and sleeping, very, very pregnant mother behind in the apartment, the boys are gone, with only Lisa(Jeanne Disson), a girl of her age, left behind in their wake. Laure introduces herself as Mikael and they run after them together, so they can join in the fun.

With that simple, elegant setup, writer-director Celine Sciamma tells an evocative and naturalistic genderblender with a very belieable sibling relationship. Sadly, the movie eventually runs straight into a narrative wall. Until then, Laure is not just being a tomboy; she is passing as a boy but not 24/7, so we'll keep to the feminine pronouns.(Actually, it is not until later that she is revealed not to be a boy.) She does this to enjoy the freedoms that boys enjoy but is too young to realize the minefield of gender that she has just walked into. That's where parents come in, as the movie smartly shows how parents help to shape their children's gender.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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