See, Hear, Read: our experts pick the movie, music and book release of the month

See, Hear, Read: our experts pick the movie, music and book release of the month

They love it. We want it. Three red-hot releases

“In this affecting movie, a 10-year-old girl moves with her family to a small town in France where the kids mistake her for a boy. She decides to adopt that identity and call herself Mikael. The style is minimalist, graceful and naturalistic, similar to Monsieur Lazhar. It’s also one of the most beautifully shot films I’ve seen in a while. It’s sweet without being saccharine, and tender without feeling cloying or manipulative.”
—Daniel Pauly
Staffer at Queen Video on Bloor

Tomboy, Céline Sciamma (June 5)

“Bobby Womack is one of my favourite soul artists of the ’70s, in the same realm as James Brown and Al Green. He hasn’t had a record out for a long, long time, and what I like about this one is that he’s doing something modern, rather than just making a retro-soul album. It’s a little like We’re New Here, the remix album Jamie xx made last year with Gil Scott-Heron, but to be honest, it sounds even better.”
—Jason Palma
Owner of Play de Record

The Bravest Man in the Universe, Bobby Womack
(June 12)

“Peter Carey writes novels that are complex and Dickensian, and that totally immerse you in their worlds. His newest is about a museum curator in modern London who, while grieving over the death of her lover, discovers the journals of a 19th-century German man searching for someone who can make a mechanical bird that he believes will give his dying son the will to live. It’s a strange and entrancing story.”
—Patricia Magosse
Manager of Book City on the Danforth

The Chemistry of Tears, Peter Carey (May 15)