27 Aug

I do love myself some French Cinema! This film does NOT disappoint, unless you need special effects and a contrived story line.

In short and without giving too much away, Tomboy is a coming of age story about a girl that  tells a lie and that lie keeps growing until it has to come out. Most would assume by the photo and the name that this must be a “gay” movie but it definitely isn’t and there is literally nothing in the film dealing with the childs sexuality. It does however touch on gender and social mores and it does show what jerks little kids can be. Do you remember how horrible kids could be? Ugh… I don’t envy kids in elementary school.
The film really captures the summer through a childs eyes- the long hazy days filled with truth or dare and tag with friends. Sunny days, wind blowing through trees, kids playing in the woods, it’s all captured so beautifully and the dialog is simple, honest, realistic, sincere, and relatable.
I highly recommend this movie as well as Water Lilies. Both Tomboy and Water Lilies are written and directed by Celine Sciamma. She’s a very young and very very very talented filmmaker.

4 Responses to “Tomboy”

  1. Maggie Evans September 2, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    I totally just watched this on NetFlix a few weeks ago & loved it as well 🙂

  2. Maggie Evans September 2, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    ps – Also saw Water Lilies, which I liked too. I had know idea they were from the same director though!

    • Small Space September 4, 2012 at 4:32 am #

      When I saw your first comment I immediately thought “I must tell her about Water Lilies” 🙂 The director is only 31 or 32. She’s so amazingly talented for such a young person.

  3. Gabrielle September 6, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    loved this film too, thanks for the lovely comment about our small boy on my blog

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