Girl 15

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This film was last shown on 21 March 2019

The feature filmmaking debut from writer-director Lukas Dhont is an extraordinarily moving coming-of-age tale about identity and the journey to becoming who you’re meant to be.

Determined 15-year-old Lara (an astonishing performance from newcomer Victor Polster) is a young woman who is fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. She throws herself into this quest at a new school, but – having been born a biological male – she faces far greater challenges than her peers, as well as finding the usual frustrations and challenges of adolescence greatly heightened. Though supported by her family, Lara’s adolescent frustrations are aggravated as she waits impatiently for gender reassignment surgery, pushing her body to its limits.

Based on empowering real-life experiences, the award-winning Girl is a powerful and sensitively told story about the nuances of growing up transgender and the struggle that can motivate or define that process.

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Director
Lukas Dhont
Country
Belgium
Year
2018
Duration
1 hour 49 minutes
Cast
Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Victor Polster

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