Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Domestic Comedy, Childhood Drama, Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Release Date - Dec 26, 1997 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Belgium , France , United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Rebecca Flint Marx

A charming film that packages social commentary as comic fable, Alain Berliner's Ma Vie en Rose is one of the most convincing films about the clash between childhood fantasy and adult reality. The film takes seriously both the genuine conviction of its protagonist, seven-year-old Ludovic, that he is meant to be a girl, and the accompanying dilemmas faced by his loving but concerned parents. Berliner achieves the rare feat of treating just about all of the film's characters, from Ludo himself to his fearful neighbors, with fairness. When Ludo stages a mock wedding ceremony with the boy next door, who also happens to be the son of his father's boss, the resulting hysteria of the boy's parents is neither endorsed nor condemned. Rather than pointing a finger, Berliner shows us how people react to difference, whether with understanding or hostility. Ma vie en rose works best as a social satire, in which suburban conformity is discouraged as much as individuality is lauded. Both buoyant and perceptive, it is one of the most intelligently crafted celebrations of self-expression ever committed to the screen.