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The emotional story of a 15-year-old girl who is transitioning from being a boy and wants to become a ballerina.

15-year-old Lara (Victor Polster) has just enrolled in a prestigious ballet school, an environment where everything that’s challenging about being a teenager is magnified: your body; the in-crowd; self-doubt; family members who don’t understand you. What magnifies these insecurities further is that Lara is a transitioning transgender girl, counting the days until she can have gender reassignment surgery, so she is even more self-conscious about her physique than her classmates are.

This tender debut drama from Belgian director and co-writer Lukas Dhont is one of the most agonisingly well-observed films about being an adolescent. Most of the film’s scenes are so naturalistic they could have been lifted from a fly-on-the-wall documentary. (Subtitles)