Belgium / Netherlands / 2019 / French with Spanish and English subtitles / 100 min
Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Frank van den Eeden
Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart
For his award-winning debut, Lukas Dhont found inspiration in the true story of a transgender teenager who dreams of being a ballet dancer. With the support of her father, Lara simultaneously wages battle on two fronts, on the one hand putting in the hard work and discipline classical ballet demands and on the other, mustering the courage and perseverance to undergo a gender reassignment surgery. The fact that Lara is not the typical misunderstood teen left to fight alone against the world is precisely one of film’s virtues. Hers is a new generation and her battle is an internal one to discover who she is and become that person. Mirrors are a recurring leitmotif in the film as a metaphor of a world in which looks and perfection matter above all else. The same mirrors in which Lara sees the physical changes that are taking place in her body are the ones that invite us to look deep inside her. Then there is the superb performance by Victor Polster, whose face dominates the entire film, bringing the necessary beauty and finesse to a character who finds herself in a world that is the sublimation of elegance. A powerful story about finding oneself.
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Director and screenwriter. His feature-length debut, Girl, was premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra d'Or award, for best first feature film, as well as the Queer Palm