Céline Sciamma’s “Tomboy” is one of the greatest films of the current century. Although it stars a young girl as the main character, the film does a good job in attracting all age groups. Tomboy brings us Laure/Mickäel (Zoé Héran), a 10-year-old who deliberately presents himself as a boy to the neighborhood. The film presents an unforgettable look at the innocence and confusion as children grow up. Indeed, it is one of the most empathetic films illustrating a perfect picture of gender identity in the modern sense. Laure is depicted as an androgynous-looking child given a blank slate on which she is to illustrate their own identity once her family shifted. The film goes ahead to depict Laure’s new experiences as a transgender among her friends. The film also perfectly illustrates the significance of gender identity, social interaction, and acceptance from an early age. You only need 1 hour and a half to enjoy this modern and organic film. The film received various awards with Laure taking one for best performance in the film. It is also Céline’s perfect touch that deals to tackle one of the most complicated issues in the modern world.
Teenage are the most turbulent period of our lives. The teenagers ride a stormy wave, riding on the surge of hormones and emotional, physical and mental upheavals, and sometimes indulge in actions which are totally unacceptable by the society. ‘Being 17′ is one such tale of two teenagers embroiled in a controversial bullying episode which is a normal phenomenon among the grown-up boys. The film’s cynosure lies on the essence of relationships and adjusting with the ones you don’t like. After all, the perseverance to hold on and patience to deal with all kinds of human behavior is what the relationships are all about, isn’t it? The film depicts the story of a boy, Damien who is bullied by Thomas at school. Damiane’s mother, a doctor, is a sensible and a sensitive woman. But this doesn’t deter Marianne from inviting Thomas to live with them when Thomas’ mother is taken sick .Damien abhors the helping hand that Marianne has extended. He is livid at the thought of Thomas coming to his home as long staying guest. Marianne holds on firmly to her decision as both the young boys continue to be at loggerheads with each other. As the film unfolds, their relationship improves for the better and they soon get used to each other’s company. The film is undoubtedly teaches a lesson or two about the beauty of relationships.
Being 17 (2016)
Adolescence, the name itself spells a period of upheavals at multiple levels.The period is never easy for the individuals who have been treated like kids all the time and now find themselves wondering how to ‘fit in’.The little ladies too have a tough time coming to terms with newly experienced emotional and physical changes.The protagonist is a 16-year-old French girl, Marieme of African origin. It depicts the challenges she faces during her coming of age.The oft avoided, least discussed phase of life seems to have caught the fancy of filmmakers these days. Marieme is not a scholar so she decides to enrol at the vocational studies institute to spruce up her career potential.Ironically, her step towards a bright future grants proximity to a rebellion girls gang.She starts identifying with them and develops close camaraderie with the spoilt brats.She picks up their swearing language, provocative way of dressing, brazen attitude and criminal tendencies. Karidja Toure delivers a sterling performance as the unrestrained teenager.The extravaganza has the directorial touch of Celine Sciamma. The film won critical acclaim in various forms: 40 the Cesar awards for the Best Director and the Most Promising Actress.
It was exhibited at the Toronto international film festival, 2014 and Cannes Film Festival, 2014.