Girl (2018)

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GIRL tells the story of 15-year-old Lara who wants to become a ballerina, with a classical training for female dancers. Lara is accepted in a ballet school and her dream seems closer than ever. But there is one problem: Lara was born into the body of a boy. A body that she will push to its limits in order for her to succeed.

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Critic Reviews for Girl

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…
NPR
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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.

Sep 16, 2018 | Full Review…

This isn't just a trans story -- it's also a broader story of becoming, and the bold steps required to get there.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Nov 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girl

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
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