Girl review – the struggles of a transgender ballet dancer

Published on Mar 17, 2019

Lukas Dhont’s controversial film about a trans teenager’s dream to dance is an engaging and sympathetic drama, with an excellent central performance

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. Nominated for best foreign language film at the Golden Globes after scooping several awards at Cannes (including the Camera d’Or and Queer Palm), the film has become the focus of controversy regarding both the central casting of a cisgender actor in a trans role, and the wider treatment of transgender issues. Yet, for me, Girl works best when viewed as a distant cousin of Billy Elliot, a tale of fluid teenage identity intertwined with the inflexible discipline of dance.

Having recently moved home with her father and younger brother, 15-year-old Lara (Polster) lands a provisional place at an elite ballet

Read full article at: The Guardian - Film News

Author: Mark Kermode, Observer film critic