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Girl uses one aspiring dancer's story as the framework for a poignant drama that approaches its difficult themes with fittingly alluring grace. Read critic reviews

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Lara, a 15-year-old girl who was born in a boy's body, is committed to becoming a professional ballerina.

Cast & Crew

Lukas Dhont
Screenwriter
Angelo Tijssens
Screenwriter
Frank van den Eeden
Cinematographer
Alain Dessauvage
Film Editor
Valentin Hadjadj
Original Music
Philippe Bertin
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Catherine Van Bree
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Critic Reviews for Girl

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (10)

  • This film makes a gentle point of the fact that transitioning isn't trouble-free even if most of the people around you are broadly sympathetic to the undertaking.

    April 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, despite strenuous pretenses of compassion, Girl's escalating obsessions reprise long histories of cruel, transphobic storytelling.

    March 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A curiously unjust, myopic, even dangerous movie.

    March 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A performance infused with great stillness and energy from actor/dancer Victor Polster drives Belgian director/co-writer Lukas Dhont's affecting if uneven coming-of-age tale.

    March 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Having seen the film, this cis critic certainly wouldn't claim to understand the reality of life as a trans person. It makes me want to, though.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even disregarding the controversy, Girl does not work, mainly because Dhont's focus is all wrong.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 21, 2018
    Despite its questionable casting (although we can understand the difficulty of finding a transgender actress for the role) and an ending that feels like a cop-out, Lukas Dhont creates a sensitive film that makes us share the character's anguish as she struggles with self-acceptance.
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