Critic Consensus: Girl uses one aspiring dancer's story as the framework for a poignant drama that approaches its difficult themes with fittingly alluring grace.
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Critic Reviews for Girl
This film makes a gentle point of the fact that transitioning isn't trouble-free even if most of the people around you are broadly sympathetic to the undertaking.
Unfortunately, despite strenuous pretenses of compassion, Girl's escalating obsessions reprise long histories of cruel, transphobic storytelling.
A performance infused with great stillness and energy from actor/dancer Victor Polster drives Belgian director/co-writer Lukas Dhont's affecting if uneven coming-of-age tale.
Having seen the film, this cis critic certainly wouldn't claim to understand the reality of life as a trans person. It makes me want to, though.
Audience Reviews for Girl
Despite its questionable casting (although we can understand the difficulty of finding a transgender actress for the role) and an ending that feels like a cop-out, Lukas Dhont creates a sensitive film that makes us share the character's anguish as she struggles with self-acceptance.
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