Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TOMBOY - Céline Sciamma

Last evening I saw a film about the little dramas of adolescence, growth, sexual identity. I loved it, its simplicity in describing a theme so strong: the complex phases of adolescence's growth where we're not so defined. 

Looks bright, blue color of the protagonist eyes, the film was a pleasant feeling of uncomfortable and joy. Her thin and elegant body was danced in the big screen with all the harshness of his being so masculine. The actors were all appropriate and talented, beautiful. I literaly adore this kind of film: natural, poetic and intense.

The Storyline: Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighbourhood, family life remains much the same. That is, until local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure must face up to an uncertain future.

"I wrote the script in three weeks. I designed it so that the film would be easy and simple to prepare in such a short time frame. Two main sets, 50 sequences. I built it around a very simple and strong argument, the story of a lie, an undercover character, so that it would produce a powerful narrative with suspense and empathy. The character has a strong goal in a double play dynamic. This efficient story allowed me to take the time to relate a vivid chronicle about childhood, with documentary aspects, and unpredictable accidents. I was also very committed to the subject surrounding identity and the question of gender. Childhood is often referred to as the age of innocence. But I think it’s a time of life full of sensuality and ambiguous emotions. I wanted to portray that." Céline Sciamma

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