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Céline Sciamma

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About the Movie

A family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new suburban 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 decides to pass herself off as “Mikael,” a boy different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten. At home with her parents and girlie younger sister, she is Laure: hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret. Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story, which is also about relationships between children, children and parents, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Quiet and naturalistic in the best way, the French film "Tomboy" rolls out a tale of malleable pre-adolescent identity with a marked absence of sensationalism. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: Coming-of-age tale tackles gender confusion with humor and heart. – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, Dec 2, 2011

Fresh: There's an absolute naturalism to all the performances here. That's crucial, especially from Heran, who's playing a character who does not yet know herself. – Scott Tobias, NPR, Nov 17, 2011

Fresh: Sciamma has wound back the clock to childhood to show us, with taste and sensitivity, something we have not seen. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 22, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

A very well done, bittersweet story. The kids did a great job too. Worth seeing!!


the movie was great. only in french but subtitles in english and movie is understandable. amazed at how much that girl wanted to be a boy. MUST SEE!!!!

Merci pour un beau moment

Le film etait bien dirige, ecrit et execute par les acteurs.... Je pense que Zoe ira tres loin avec ses talents

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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