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Girl (2019)



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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GIRL tells the story of 15-year-old Lara who wants to become a ballerina, with a classical training for female dancers. Lara is accepted in a ballet school and her dream seems closer than ever. But there is one problem: Lara was born into the body of a boy. A body that she will push to its limits in order for her to succeed.

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Katelijne Damen
as le docteur Naert, Le docteur Naert - le médecin
Valentijn Dhaenens
as Le docteur Pascal - le psychiatre
Chris Thys
as Hannah
Pieter Piron
as Chirurg
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Critic Reviews for Girl

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (24)

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.

April 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, despite strenuous pretenses of compassion, Girl's escalating obsessions reprise long histories of cruel, transphobic storytelling.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

A curiously unjust, myopic, even dangerous movie.

March 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

March 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

March 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Even disregarding the controversy, Girl does not work, mainly because Dhont's focus is all wrong.

March 15, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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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