Céline Sciamma’s effortlessly touching film Tomboy gets its message across in so many subtle ways that the one moment of deliberate directorial flourish leaves you suddenly adrift. Having made a point of regarding Laure, the ten-year-old girl in the process of passing herself off as a ten-year-old boy, with a minimum of nervous excitement and plenty of Gallic égalité, the camera suddenly deserts her. In her moment of keenest need it swings away into the trees for a bit, where the natural world rolls on. Eventually it wanders back to find that Laure has rolled on too. Poetry for the eyes.

My interview with Céline Sciamma about the film and her obvious encounter with the gods of casting is online here at Little White Lies.