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Where most queer films are about external conflicts and prejudice, Lara's primary conflict in this movie is with what she sees in the mirror.
Dhost's nonjudgmental film doesn't traverse new territory for a trans film, and it features too much dancing, but it benefits from its authenticity.
This isn't just a trans story -- it's also a broader story of becoming, and the bold steps required to get there.
Looks terrific, is not afraid to tackle a number of difficult subjects and features a star-making performance from acting and dancing talent Victor Polster.
How to stand out and blend in at the same time? Few films convey that tension better than "Girl," a deeply humane first feature from Belgian director Lukas Dhont about a boy who wants to be a ballerina.
Lukas Dhont isn't really concerned with Lara's journey to find peace and balance, as he's interested only in her downward spiral of crisis.
Girl has the power to not just change lives but reinvigorate your belief in cinema.
A powerful, poignant portrait.
And it is very striking as something so beautiful, and that naturally invites calm, can be filmed as an action thriller that leads to bewilderment, like a dance of despair. [Full Review in Spanish]
One of the great virtues of Lukas Dhont's film is the absence of pretension to generalize such a personal conflict, particular and proper as it may be in relation to gender identity. [Full review in Spanish]
The ambition of the Belgian filmmaker is palpable. [Full review in Spanish]
Girl is a feat of sensitivity and a warm empathy lesson with an impressive pas de bourré. [Full Review in Spanish]
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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