Girl
Girl

Girl 15 S

Film

Please note: This was screened in March 2019

Director:
Lukas Dhont
Cast:
Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart
Duration:
106 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Belgium | Netherlands
Primary language:
French

Lukas Dhont's acclaimed debut won the best first feature award at Cannes for this intimate portrait about a teenage trans girl who aspires to become a ballerina.

Determined 15-year-old Lara (Victor Polster) is fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. She throws herself into her training and is supported by her family, but as she grapples with transitioning and adolescent turmoil, the hard discipline of ballet pushes her body to its absolute limits.

Although it has attracted some controversy (critics have claimed it has too much of a - sometimes gory - focus on the physical, and the lead actor and director are cisgender), Girl is nonetheless a moving coming-of-age story that takes a much needed (and all too rare) look at the nuances of growing up trans.

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