24 International Film Festival

7 - 13 OCT 2019 in Chemnitz

for Children and Young Audience

Archive | 1996-2018

Films presented by SCHLINGEL since 1996

Girl

Lara was born in the body of a boy. The 15-year-old has moved to a new city with her father and her little brother. There she joins a ballet school because she wants to become a ballerina. Lara has to train often and hard to achieve this. But in fact, she is to avoid physical exertion, so the doctors can start the gender-adjusting operations she is strongly longing for, because she has not been at peace with herself for a long time. Due to these uncertainties, she also remains reserved in her new school and finds it difficult to make friends. The other classmates and some of the teachers do not seem to understand her problems and often treat her insensitively. Love causes trouble for Lara too. She only wants to fall in love after all surgeries have been carried out. But when she begins to interest herself in her neighbour, she is plagued by shame and doubt. She increasingly retreats. On the one hand, Lara is looking forward to sex reassignment, but on the other hand, she does not want to fail in her ballet school. Eventually, the pressure on her becomes unbearable.


Country: B, NL
Year: 2018
Running Time: 105 minutes
Recommended Age: from 16 years
Festival Year: 2018
Category: Youth Film
Direction: Lukas Dhont
Screenplay: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Camera: Frank van den Eeden
Producer/Coproducer: Topkapi Films, Menuet

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