Céline Sciamma

France 2011, 84 min.


Spoken language: French

There is definitely something boyish about ten-year-old Laure. She has
recently moved to a new area with her parents and her little sister,
Jeanne. It’s summertime and all the other neighbourhood children are
playing outside – only Laure is alone, for she knows nobody of her own
age. But then, one day, she meets Lisa, a girl who is exactly the same
age. Laure allows her new acquaintance to believe that she is a boy.
Laure becomes Mikaël, and, no sooner has she brought about this
‘transformation’ than she begins playing with all the other
neighbourhood children. As time passes, Laure’s relationship to Lisa
becomes increasingly close, making the ambiguity of her situation ever
more complicated. Céline Sciamma is a proponent of a new generation of
filmmakers in France. In an interview with “Cineuropa” in August 2007
she comments: “I became a cinephile as a result of young French cinema
of the 90s: Desplechin, Lvovsky, Rochant. But I like Gus Van Sant and
Larry Clark a lot too for their work on adolescence, not to forget David
Lynch.” (IMDB, 2011)



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