TIFF 2018 Review: GIRL (Belgium 2018) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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

Director:

Lukas Dhont

GIRL tells the story of a boy/girl (Victor Polster) born a girl in a boys’s body undergoing a sex change to become girl.  As if the body is not under sufficient strain, GIRL is pushing her body to the limit as she suffers in her daily training to become a ballerina.  She has a supportive father and loving younger brother.  

 GIRL is Dhont’s first film as he goes for realism at the expense of narrative.  His camerawork is nothing short of suburb as one can see the camera focus changing as he tracks his camera.  Often, the audience can tell what is happening by the camerawork from a closeup or camera shift, before being told verbally by the dialogue as to what has transpired. 

 Dhont also effectively captures the emotions of her characters.  GIRL is arguable the most emotional film screened at the festival.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdzu26tnUTc

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