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Girl

Belgium | Netherlands, French | Flemish | English, 109 mins

  • Director: Lukas Dhont
  • Writer: Lukas Dhont; Angelo Tijssens
  • Producer: Dirk Impens

CGiii Comment

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!


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The(ir) Blurb...

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams to become a ballerina.

Cast & Characters

Victor Polster as Lara
Arieh Worthalter as Mathias
Oliver Bodart as Milo
Tijmen Govaertsas Lewis
Katelijne Damen as Dr. Naert; le médecin
Valentijn Dhaenens as Dr. Pascal, le psychiatre
Magali Elali as Christine
Alice de Broquevilleas Lois
Alain Honorez as Alain
Chris Thys as Hannah
Angelo Tijssens as Hendricks
Marie-Louise Wilderijckx as Marie-Louise
Virginia Hendricksen as Alain's Assistant
Daniel Nicodème as Opa
Els Olaerts as Oma
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