Tomboy

Tomboy ★★★½

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Genuinely perfect until that rather contentious ending. I understand what Sciamma was going for, but the way that resolution is reached is indeed problematic. 

To be concise, the protagonist’s decision would work if it was made under their own terms. The ending we get instead contradicts everything that precedes it. The decision is not so much of their own volition, but that of the people who surround them, thus reinforcing the tendency to categorise which makes childhood hell for so many.

To force ANY label on our protagonist is a reductive way of reading Tomboy. Unfortunately, Sciamma makes that same mistake herself.

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