Ma Vie en Rose

Film
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Seven-year-old Ludovic's determined to grow up a girl, which is hard on his family, who face the scorn of locals made uneasy by a sudden outbreak of non-conformism. This Belgian first feature evolves into a domestic battle of wills. Will Ludo deny his feelings and put the household back on an even keel, or can the grown-ups find the courage to accept their child, even if it makes them the black sheep of the community?

Child actor Georges Du Fresne's projection of innocence and absolute certainty drains away any suspicion that the film-makers might be using him to tell a story that's fundamentally about adult sexual confusions. It isn't. It's about a child's pre-sexual intimations of gender identity, as influenced by his favourite TV show, a pink extravaganza starring a sort of live-action Gallic Barbie doll. Wry comedy is certainly not precluded, while Laroque and the excellent Ecoffey make the parents' emotional confusion tell, but it's the film's combination of compassion and whimsical charm that makes it utterly disarming.

Release details

Rated:
12A
Duration:
90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Alain Berliner
Screenwriter:
Chris Vander Stappen, Alain Berliner
Cast:
Georges Du Fresne
Michèle Laroque
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
Hélène Vincent
Daniel Hanssens
Laurence Bibot

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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I saw the film a long time ago in France and remember it was about love and being true to one's feelings. The grandmother was wonderful. I hope a lot of heteros will go and watch it.


I saw the film a long time ago in France and remember it was about love and being true to one's feelings. The grandmother was wonderful. I hope a lot of heteros will go and watch it.