Girl

BEL 2018
Regisseur : Lukas Dhont
Darsteller : Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Katelijne Damen, Tijmen Govaerts

105 Min. | OmU | Original with german Subtitles
German Premiere
International Section

Lara is a girl born into the body of a boy. She dreams of becoming a ballerina. When she moves, her body is a graceful and powerfull instrument that she completely controls. Outside of this world she sees herself as a fragile shell. The rest of the world sees her as a woman, but that does not matter. Lara is distressed by what she sees in the mirror. The images from the handheld camera feel intimate, nearly voyeuristic – and through them we come closer and dive into her most inner world. And refreshingly, we do not meet any tyrants or witness any harassment. Lara is surrounded by a loving family and sympathetic friends. Her biggest fight is within herself. Rarely has there been such a sensitive and nuanced portrait of a transgender as director Lukas Dhont’s film, which was duly celebrated in Cannes. A deeply humane drama about the search for acceptance as well as the impossibility of fully finding it.