Since I started the week with the Worst Movies Ever blogfest, I wanted this week's Friday movie review to be about a film that surprisingly captured my heart.
Tomboy is a film about relationships, starring Zoe Heran as ten-year-old Laure, a girl who wishes she’d been born a boy. When she moves during the summer with her parents and six-year-old sister to a new suburb in Paris, Laure introduces herself to the other children as Michael.
Michael quickly becomes popular with the other kids, excelling at everything, and has everyone fooled.
Zoe Heran played the role with such subtlety, vulnerability, and sheer brilliance for her age that the audience soon forgets Michael is actually a girl while playing outside with the others. However, behind closed doors back at home, we are reminded of the character’s precarious predicament and her struggle to find new ways to overcome growing obstacles in leading a double life.
With each victory you are relieved she wasn’t caught, while knowing her charade can’t last forever, and the longer it continues the worse it will be when the truth is discovered.
I know foreign films aren’t for everyone, but this was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year with its strong script, touching performances, and vibrant cinematography. I highly recommend this French drama that stole my heart, nearly brought me to tears, and reminded me how grateful I am to have true friends.
Are you open to foreign films? Or do you pass regardless of genre? Is there anything on your movie list you plan to see this weekend?