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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.

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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. -- (C) Rocket Releasing
Art House & International , Drama
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Zoé Héran
as Laure/Mikael
Sophie Cattani
as Laure's Mother
Mathieu Demy
as Laure's Father
Yohan Véro
as Vince
Noah Véro
as Noah
Cheyenne Lainé
as Cheyenne
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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.

January 5, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tomboy


An honest drama that raises some interesting questions about sexual identity and why genders should matter, and Sciamma directs her film with simplicity, observing her characters and using a welcome naturalistic direction to approach this delicate subject.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

You rarely see a film centred on a young girl figuring out gender issues. In that regard, Sciamma's film is fascinating as is the reaction of the children she engages with.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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

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