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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 82m 1s

Release date 16/09/2011

BBFCInsight Contains mild violence and occasional natural nudity

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Celine Sciamma

Cast includes Zoe Heran, Malonn Levana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/09/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TOMBOY is a subtitled French drama about a ten-year-old girl who pretends to be a boy when she enters a new circle of friends and must then face the awkward consequences of her deception. The film was classified 'U' and contains mild violence and occasional natural nudity.

There are two scenes featuring mild violence. The first scene shows a fight between the central character and a boy, mostly involving the pair rolling around on the ground together but not delivering any serious blows to each other. The scene is important because it triggers the events that uncover the deception of the young girl. The second scene of mild violence shows the girl's mother reacting to the revelation of her daughter's deception by slapping her daughter. The violence used by the mother is brief and comprises a naturally angry response to the girl's actions. It is, however, balanced when the mother calms down and gives her daughter the support she needs to handle the problems she has created for herself. The BBFC's Guidelines at 'U' state there may be 'Mild violence only' and that 'U films should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence'.

The Guidelines at 'U' also permit 'Occasional natural nudity, with no sexual context'. The film contains scenes in which the young girl plays football and swims with her friends, with her flat chest exposed so she can blend in with the boys. She also inspects her flat chest to assess how long she can maintain her pretence. There is a brief shot of the girl standing up naked in a bath, which reveals her true female nature to the audience. However, the nudity is entirely natural and non sexual and plays an important part in the girl's deception and in the audience's appreciation of the deception.

In one scene, the girl is kissed by another girl of her own age (who thinks that she is a boy) but this only indicates an innocent childish crush that develops between them.

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