Céline Sciamma (2011)

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A little girl decides she'd rather be a little boy in this French drama from director Céline Sciamma, previously acclaimed for Water Lilies, her story of a school synchronised-swimming team. When ten-year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) and her family move into a new apartment block, it's the summer holidays, so she takes advantage of her svelte physique to introduce herself to the neighbourhood kids as "Michaël". Soon (s)he's playing football with the lads, and attracting attention from Lisa (Jeanne Disson), but will the ruse hold up when the gang heads to the nearby lake for a swim? And does little sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana) know more than she's letting on? Astonishingly natural performances from the young cast are the keynote here, and the androgynous Héran is utterly believable at the centre of a film that conjures up wit, suspense and pathos from its keenly observed chronicle of the tricky pathway from childhood to adolescence. Provocative yet utterly sympathetic, this is an engrossing study of what it's like when you don't quite fit into any of the available gender roles.


A 10-year-old girl moves to a new neighbourhood and is mistaken for a boy by the local kids. She decides to let them keep thinking she is male and leads a double life over the course of the summer holidays, becoming part of a gang of neighbourhood boys while her family remain oblivious. Drama, starring Zoe Heran and Malonn Levana. In French.

Cast & Crew

Laure / Michaël Zoé Héran
Jeanne Malonn Lévana
Lisa Jeanne Disson
Mother Sophie Cattani
Father Mathieu Demy
Director Céline Sciamma
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Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Peccadillo PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Sep 2011