DVD - 2012 | French
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"Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be "Mikael", a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret"-- Container.
Publisher: New Almaden, CA : Wolfe Video LLC, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781935423546
Branch Call Number: DVDF TOMBO
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,stereo,surround,Dolby Digital
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 14, 2018

Just watched for the 3rd or 4th time. Each viewing adds more to the story. So we know that Laure is a tomboy, really a neutral adjective. Her family is affectionate and loving - two terrific parents and a 6-year old sister who is as girly pink as a girl can be. She is adorable and funny, a twirly girl. She and Laure are tight sibs. Whereas Laure holds back outside the family, her sister is a force of nature.

The family moves to a new house/apt at the beginning of summer and there are 10-12 kids living in the complex. Laure tentatively joins them and names herself Mikael. The kids accept him. He is 10, not pubescent yet, skinny, short hair and can pull it off. When they go swimming he puts some play dough in his bathing suit so as to look like a penis, like the other boys. He sees the other boys spit, so he spits. He can still take his shirt off.

There is Lisa, maybe 12 and on the verge of leaving childhood behind. She likes Mikael a lot and tells him he is different from the others. They become friends and at her house they dance wildly and exuberantly to pop music. She puts makeup on him. These are things that girls do.

There is always suspense. The tension builds -- he cannot sustain this subterfuge. How will they find out? And his parents? School is about to start . . . .

It really doesn't matter what Laure/Mikael's gender is. What his adult sexuality will be. This is just a profound story of how we are different from one another - yes, gender dysphoria perhaps, maybe probably. But labels only diminish the story. Brilliant movie.

Oct 28, 2016

In this sweet little coming-of-age drama writer/director Céline Sciamma asks some piercing questions without sermonizing on the proper answers. Whether Laure is gay, trans, or simply straight with a twist is immaterial since Sciamma is more interested in questioning our notions of identity and gender roles anyway. Providing counterpoint to Laure’s gender-bending is her kid sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana, too cute for words!), all sugar and spice and pink tutus who finds the idea of having a secret big brother great fun and is not above a little bending herself as the two of them don fake moustaches and giggle in front of the mirror. Resting almost entirely on the shoulders of her very young cast, Sciamma makes this a true kids’ movie relegating the adults to benign background noise with the exception of Laure’s pregnant mother (it’s a boy, of course) who ends up having to inject a jarring bit of reality into her daughter’s life. Using lots of close-ups bathed in summer sunshine and avoiding any saccharine overkill—there is a refreshing lack of manipulative musical cues—Sciamma elicits natural, seemingly ad-libbed performances all around which make Laure’s dilemma both believable and sympathetic. Challenging without resorting to melodrama, and shot with moments of wry humour (just how does a young girl masquerading as a boy give her speedos the proper “bulge”?) this is family viewing for a new generation.

Feb 17, 2016

As someone who is very educated in LGBTQ+ topics, I gotta say, I don't really get all the praise for this movie. While I think it's good that it focuses on how the character feels rather than how the people around them feel, which is something a lot of trans and gender identity movies do poorly, they honestly don't do a very good job, throwing in a lot of scenes that feel like "look at the characters little sister doing something stereotypically feminine like a normal girl should!", and the ending message does not feel very trans positive. Even if we take out that I find it to be a bad movie in terms of transgender representation, there is also just the fact that I didn't like it as a movie, period. It kind of falls into the super indie and artsy movies that, if you are into that kinda thing, you might like, but I personally find pretentious and boring.

Sep 11, 2015

Interesting topic, well presented and well acted.

Jun 21, 2015

a summer's exploration of a transgender girl/boy.

wonderful acting, great script.

what will Laure's future be?

Jan 26, 2014

Prickly pre-teen topic for a movie but handled evenly from start of the deception to the satisfying end.

Jan 22, 2014

The entire cast presented some of the most believable acting I've ever seen. I fully agree with Karenina's comment.

Apr 05, 2013

I'm not sure how to rate this movie. I am way too biased against it because I feel there was a lot of lost potential. It was fun, tragic and entertaining, but it could have been much better.

HOL Feb 03, 2013

one of the best films I've seen in a while

Jun 13, 2012

A superb example of how different European cinema is from Hollywood. It's hard to imagine this movie being nearly as great in an American filmmaker's hands. It works because it doesn't take a stand or try to "send a message" about gender identity -- it simply tells a story. And the child actors are incredibly natural and engaging.


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