Tomboy

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Tomboy follows 10-year-old transgender boy Laure who moves to a new town and is delighted to realise that he can pass as a boy among his new circle of friends. He impulsively introduces himself as “Mickäel” to his pretty new neighbour Lisa.

The kids are at an age where they’re starting to designate certain people as “popular,” and starting to preen in front of the opposite sex. The short-haired, sharp-featured Mickäel is such a handsome boy that boys and girls alike are immediately drawn to him. Sure, he has to sneak off into the woods alone when all the guys on her soccer team go pee on the sidelines, but he’s a good goal-scorer, he knows how to spit, and he looks lean, fit, and flat with his shirt off.

The film brings an unforced naturalism to scenes of the kids just hanging out, asking goofily intimate questions about whether they’ve ever tasted their own pee—just the way kids act when there are no grown-ups around and they’re showing off for each other. And director Sciamma sensitively explores the fluidity of identity in a sequence where Lisa playfully puts makeup on Mickäel, and one where Mickäel makes a Play-Doh penis he can stuff into his swim trunks. It’s just fun to see Mickäel enjoying the chance to be who he feels he really is as long as he can.

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  1. Is not Mikael, with a play-doh dick, being a fraud ? Is the character playing Mikael also a trans from girl to boy ? As a show of fraud, this makes this a normal movie picture. even fun. !

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