Fifteen-year-old Lara is determined to fulfill her dream of getting into a prestigious ballet school and having a career as a ballerina. As a sensitive girl, she also dreams of finally getting out of the boy's body that she's been imprisoned in since birth. First-time director Lukas Dhont, one of the discoveries at this year's Cannes Festival, made a film that is mature and extraordinarily subtle about how oppressive one's own body can be and how exhausting it can be to fight its limitations-all the more so when that body is young and impatient, restless and seeking its own identity, and everything has to happen here and now. Girl also owes its success to charismatic dancer Victor Polster, who, with his great performance, transcends culturally imposed gender stereotypes, revealing the painful imperfection of biological definitions and how they are perceived in society.
Born in 1991, Lukas Dhont is a graduate of the KASK Art Academy in Ghent. His short films have won awards at numerous film festivals (e.g., in his hometown of Ghent and Leuven). He also makes music videos. Showered with awards at this year's Cannes Festival, Girl is his feature debut.
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