Comparing The Adventures Of Martineau, And Tomboy

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In the films The Adventures of Félix, directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, and Tomboy, directed by Céline Sciamma, both protagonists go through a journey of self discovery and identity searching. Though very different in the substance of the story, the theme is relatively similar, covering concepts ranging from prejudice and peer inclusion or rejection to family tensions and romantic interests. Félix’s story follows him on his own, continuously meeting new people with whom he shares his narrative. His journey of self discovery has the guise of paternal discovery, but as it progresses, it is clear that it is all about Félix finding himself. To contrast, Laure/Mikaël goes through their journey with the same group of people, their …show more content…
Félix loses his job and his mother, leaving him with the task of cleaning out her house and a lot of free time. Laure/Mikaël is moving to a new development and is starting at a new school. Using the plot device of new beginnings and/or a loss of stability sets a blank page for the audience. The characters are in a perfect place for the viewers to start following their story, as the narrative has changed drastically, and the characters have to change with it. The viewer sees the very beginning of these changes when Félix finds the old letter from his father in a box in his mother’s room, and when Laure introduces themself to Lisa as Mikaël. These moments are pinholes, tipping points. Finding the letter means seeing a last known address, and sparked hope for a meeting. The use of a masculine name sets the stage for a shift or a change in identity, a difference between home and birth expectations, and playing with friends and peers. The circumstances are different, but the narrative device is …show more content…
They are both finding themselves, but in varying ways. Félix says he is going to finally meet his father, but really he is finding himself. It is along this journey that he also finds a family in strangers, expressed in the title of each new chapter of his trip. He is learning that he has to live with the lot he has been dealt, and that his life can still be meaningful even if he never knows his biological father. The “père” tells him that he’s being selfish, looking for his father only to annoy him, because, clearly, if he had wanted to be in Félix’s life, he certainly would have shown up in some way by now. He is learning that perhaps the people you choose to make a part of your life are much more important than those who have left it. Laure/Mikaël, however, knows that they are on a journey of self discovery and self expression. It is their conscious choice to introduce themself as Mikaël, even though Lisa assumed they were a boy in the first place. That was a first meeting, and the time to correct her if they were sure of themself and their gender identity. Not only that, but they are teaching themself how to present more “like a boy.” On the field, when they’re playing football, they watch the other boys and mimic them, spitting at the ground and pulling off their shirts, in an attempt to act more like them with the air of naturalness. They are trying out what

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