Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Year: 2011
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 82 minutes


In French the term for a TOMBOY is directly translated as "failed boy," but the translation misrepresents this subtle and tender film about a young girl's summer as a boy. Laure (Zoé Héran) has just moved to a small suburb of Paris where she seizes the opportunity to redefine herself as Mikael. The gender switch is fluid. With Mikael's oversized boys' shorts, macho mannerisms, and distant visage, the neighborhood children never suspect that there is a deception taking place. We are privy to the magical and cruel world of childhood as the mother, on bed rest for the last weeks of her pregnancy, allows Laure and her young sister Jeanne to pass the summer days with relative freedom from adult intervention. The seed of young love takes hold between Mikael and Lisa, a popular neighborhood girl. But what could seem like tender moments only serve to heighten the suspense as the school year is approaching and Mikael's true identity as Laure is sure to surface when attendance is called. (In French with subtitles) – S.H.


CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

10% Cinema

Céline Sciamma

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Céline Sciamma was born in 1978 and grew up in the Paris suburbs. After earning a Master's degree in French Literature, she enrolled in screenwriting courses at the French film school La Femis. Her first feature film, "Water Lilies," screened at Cannes/Un certain Regard and in more than 30 major festivals worldwide. Acclaimed by the film critics, the film won the prestigious French Louis-Delluc award.

Select Filmography
"Water Lillies" (2007), TOMBOY (2011)

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of CONNIE SARVAY.

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