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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

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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 (64) | Top Critics (24)

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

June 19, 2013 | Full Review…

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

March 7, 2012 | Full Review…

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

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Modestly conceived and executed.

January 26, 2012 | Full Review…

"Tomboy" is tender and affectionate.

January 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

January 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Tomboy


A very honest drama that raises some interesting questions about sexual identity or 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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