|Girl (2018) PAL DVD9|
|BelgiumTeenage Boy/Girl*First TimeGay* SexMale NuditySexualityTransgenderBallerina|
Girl (2018 )
15 | 1h 45min | Drama | 6th May 2019 (UK BD/DVD) (New Release)
Subtitles: English (optional)
Director: Lukas Dhont
Writers: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Stars: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts..
IMDb: 7.2/10 (6,691) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8254556/
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe
Another 22 wins & 28 nominations
15-year-old Lara, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina..
The feature filmmaking debut from writer-director Lukas Dhont, GIRL is an extraordinarily moving coming-of-age tale about identity and the journey to becoming who you’re meant to be. Determined 15-year-old Lara (an astonishing performance from newcomer Victor Polster) is a young woman who is fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. She throws herself into this quest at a new school, but finds the usual frustrations and challenges of adolescence are heightened as her body does not bend to easily to the strict ballet discipline because she was born a boy. Though supported by her family, Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she prepares for gender reassignment surgery, pushing her body to its limits. Based on empowering real-life experiences, the award-winning GIRL is a powerful and sensitively told story about the nuances of growing up transgender and the struggle that can motivate or define that process. Camera d'Or for best first feature and Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. London Film Festival's First Feature Competition Winner 2018 European Film Awards Winner: European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI 2018.
Be still my breaking heart...
There has been a recent uproar - by [those] anonymous, gobby, armchair activists [who scream and shout at everything streaming on Netflix] - demanding a boycot of this film. Listen to them not! A trans*character does not need to be played by a trans*actor...the best 'actor' for the job should play the role. And, Lukas Dhont found the perfect actor in Victor Polster to play Lara.
Breathtaking is not a word we use regulary...but, breathtaking is what Victor Polster is! Lara says little throughout the film, she has so much on her young mind...the transition, the secret...and, the ballet. All punishing on the body, the mind and soul Can she keep it all together? Or, will she break? The entire film leads up to that question...the answer is...well, you will have to watch it to find out.
At times, there's a real sense of this being a fly-on-the-wall documentary...Lukas Dhont observes...and, it so immersive that at no time do you disbelieve anything that is shown. Gleaned from his short film, Girl is one mighty fine debut feature. Let us hope he has more [quality] projects up his sleeve!
To be overwhelmed by a film is a remarkable achievement...be overwhelmed!
Plot Keywords: Teenage Boy/Girl*, Ballerina, Sexuality, First Time, Gay* Sex..
^^^screenshots from the 1080p BD25.