A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion. Zoé Heran as Laure/Michael and Malonn Lévanna as Jeanne are nothing less than brilliant. “Heran gets it just right. Not only is she/he piercingly photogenic, but she affects the self-conscious swagger of a boy with striking authenticity. Levana is another natural, oozing wit and wisdom beyond her six years.” — Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily. This is a relationship movie: relationships between children, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body.
Ms. Sciamma’s first feature, “Water Lilies,” a coming of age story about two young girls’ burgeoning sexuality, catapulted her as one of France’s most notable women directors, garnering her a César (France’s equivalent of the Academy Award) nomination for Best First Feature as well as the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc for Best First Feature awarded by the French Film Critics.