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A transgender teenager dreams of becoming a ballet dancer in this extraordinary coming-of-age story, which won the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Dir Lukas Dhont
Prod Dirk Impens
Scr Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
With Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Katelijne Damen
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

15-year-old Lara has always known that she was born in the wrong body. Having attended mandatory counselling sessions and taken puberty inhibitors for some time, she impatiently waits for the day when she can have the surgery she so desperately wants. She has a strong support system at home, thanks to her progressive single father and loving younger brother. But she still faces great stress at the prestigious dance academy she attends, where the increasing physical and emotional pressures slowly take their toll. Featuring a truly remarkable central performance from cisgender actor Victor Polster in his first screen role, Lukas Dhont’s richly empathetic and beautifully realised film sensitively explores Lara’s complex inner emotions, expressing so much even when she herself cannot quite find the words.

Michael Blyth

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