|Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink)
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One of the sweetest films to emerge from Europe in the 1990s, Alain Berliner's Ma Vie en Rose is the story of an innocent little boy, Ludovic (played with noncloying directness by Georges Du Fresne), who wants to be a girl. Convinced that he's the product of misplaced chromosomes (he imagines the mix-up in one of many delightful daydream sequences), he sets about righting the mistake by wearing dresses and high heels and experimenting with lipstick and makeup. The otherwise friendly suburban neighborhood becomes horrified by the gender confusion, though tellingly the cruelest blows come not from the teasing classmates but intolerant adults: one scene recalls the torch-and-pitchfork angry villagers from a Frankenstein movie. Ludo tries hard to be butch, but he can't deny his nature, especially when he meets a kindred spirit: a little girl who gladly trades her dress for his pants and shirt. This bittersweet mix of innocent fantasy and childhood cruelty has its moments of sadness and crushing misunderstandings, but the overall tone is loving, filled with tenderness and culminating in acceptance and togetherness. As the family stumbles and struggles to come to terms with Ludo, they find something special within him, an innocent conviction so powerful and pure that it's infectious. Ludo may not grow up to become a girl as he hopes, but his belief is so strong it's hard to deny him the possibility. This films reminds us that, to a child, anything is possible. --Sean Axmaker
- Sweet Tender Look at gender in children
This french movie with subtitles is a sweet tender look at the story of a little boy who thinks he's a little girl or will at least become a woman when he's older, and the reactions of his family and community he lives in. It would be a good movie to reccomend to any parent of a transgender child or adult, as it not only shows societal discrimination, but even how a family can disown a child that is transgender. It also shows the fantasy world the lead character enters to escape....more info
- Uh, no. This is a nightmare!
Uhm, this film is pretty much everything wrong with society. A seven year old boy dresses up in a skirt and wants to marry the boy next door. Did Michael Jackson produce this piece of garbage?...more info
- Grrrls and Cinema Movie Review
Ma Vie en Rose is a film by Alain Berliner about a 7-year-old boy, Ludovic, living in France who is faced with oppression from his neighborhood, parents, and school because of his expression of femininity. Her choice to wear a dress shocks many people and her parents think she is "confused" and needs mental assistance because her mother "read it in Marie-Claire" that her actions are "natural...until age 7." Her attraction to Jerome, a neighbor and friend at school, causes an even greater upset in her community.
People react this way because society has taught them to think in binary systems. There are clear-cut gender roles, "boy" and "girl," therefore Ludovic's transgender sexuality is inappropriate. This film challenges the viewer to question society's heteronormative preaching. There is no reason to stigmatize what is foreign to us.
This film even conquers the objectification of women as witnessed during a scene in which a woman getting her dress tailored instructs the tailor to shorten her dress because "[her husband] like[s] a bit of lace, even if [he] doesn't] ask." She has internalized her husband's surveillance of her. Pam is an ultra feminized Barbie and the role model for Ludovic through TV shows, movies and music. Pam sells the commodified female role for Ludovic to follow, while at the same time is one of the few persons to befriend her when they meet in Pam's psychedelic parallel universe....more info
- Childhood dreams
One need not be gay or lesbian to enjoy this film. Ludo is a courageous little boy who does not seem to notice the uproar he is causing. The touching thing is how his parents eventually come to accept him. The sad part is how much Ludo and his family have to suffer to reach that point. I have a daughter about Ludo's age in the film, and I saw Ludo much like I see my daughter: as a senstive little child with a wonderful imagination....more info
- A Little More Serious Than Expected
The movie had been reccommended to me as a comedy and I was expecting such. There certainly were comedic moments but the movie was much more than I had expected.
Even the review at the top of this list is not exactly accurate.
Ludovic did not wear dresses and put on lipstick because he thought one of his chromosomes was misplaced. He had been doing such long before his dream. That was an explanation he was given by his sister and then he had his dream about it. Additionally, he did not voluntarily swap his costume for the dress at the party. He was trying to "conform" but the tomboy girl and her friends took it from him againsr his wishes.
The movie should be seen by anyone who is homophobic to see the damage they can cause to individuals and families. It was a very good movie but to me the message was not one of wonderment and childhood dreams.
- A French Film Strikes Gold (or Pink)
Innocent 7-year-old Ludovic wants to be a girl, and his desire is greeted by hate and misunderstanding from everyone but his grandmother, who wants to be a teenager. His parents just want them both to grow up. I didn't want this sweet story to end. The vibrant music, the bright colors and skillful acting combine into a magical fantasy that clashes with the bitter reality of life....more info
- The sweetest movie...
I was a bit stunned to see this movie rated R, in the same way I was upset "Billy Elliot" was rated R. "My Life in Pink" is a sweet story of 7-year old Ludo's struggles to become a girl and the intolerance of a town who refuses to accept anyone as different as he is. There is nothing sexual in this movie and it is not about whether or not little Ludo is, as the town suggests, a "bent boy". The film is honest and compelling... it deserved every award it has received. A MUST-SEE....more info
I saw this movie in the cinema, and the atmosphere at the end was amazing. Everyone was looking at eachother with mushy smiles on their faces and clasping hands. It is incredibly sweet. Don't be put off, though. I can't bear sickly sweet movie stuff. This is just really nice....more info
- gender identity
The film, Ma Vie en Rose, conveys the struggle of a little girl who was into the world genetically male. She struggles with societal norms and biases encountered while trying to come to terms with her identity. The audience witnesses one family's struggle in accepting their daughter as female, not as the little boy, Ludovic, whom they believed she was. The family has trouble accepting Ludovic as a little girl because of the pressure from society, more specifically their neighbors. As the neighbors become surveyors of Ludovic and his family, the family internalizes being surveyed and change their nature towards her on account of this; the basic premise of a theory by John Berger. The application of panopticism, a feeling that one is always being watched, by the neighbors creates a pressure on the family to reprimand Ludovic for her own acceptance of the guidelines set by society of what it means to be a little girl. To Ludovic, being a girl means wearing dresses, marrying boys, putting on make up, and a number of other stereotypical concepts of femininity. The film addresses the problem with the inflexible gender lines in modern day society, and society's reinforcement of stereotypes that have come to define femininity. Ludovic believes she is a girl, which she claims repetitively in the film. She believes that to show everyone else that she is a girl she must play the part and to do that she must accept the symbols of femininity set by society. It is society that classifies gender, and it is society in this film that tells Ludovic that she is not a girl but a boy. In the film, the community involved exemplifies the inflexible gender lines by ostracizing, harassing, forcing Ludovic to leave school, and even forcing the family out of the community. The film does an excellent job of demonstrating that gender is not something assigned at birth but rather a construct of society. It shows that children are taught to think that blue is for boys and pink is for girls. This is not a natural thought pattern, but an accepted one....more info
- Masterpiece! Funny, sad, hopeful
This movie is brilliant and would have never been made in the US; it explores a delicate topic, but with total humanity. Even though you completely feel for Ludo, you can also understand his family, and the outside friends and neighbors who treat them badly, and this is something new. Ludo is the way he is, but he's still a child and doesn't even fully understand what his family and the adults around him are trying to ignore or "fix", why they feel threatened. Makes you watery-eyed but laugh and mushy smile too. If I had to choose just a couple movies in the history of movies that I think people Needed to, Must See, this one would be one of them! (right up there with Schindler's List...)...more info
- Awesome! Finally a movie about the REST of us!
As a person who has struggled with Gender Identity Disorder her whole life I was touched to see [finally!] a movie that dealt with the childhood experiences of a transsexual. My gender therapist suggested I view this movie and after several months of seeing her I finally sat down to watch it. I saw so much of myself in the story and it was a great emotional release for me to cry--almost all the way through the movie and then another 5 or ten minutes afterward. My family is now dealing with my GID and this is one that I want them to watch so hopefully they can get a little understanding of the prejudice we face.
If I could slip this into my HS English curriculum I definitely would. This is an excellent film about tolerance. After all not everyone feels right in the body they were born with. Some are very comfortable being male or female as they have been designated by society, but others through no fault of their own do not. Why can't we just allow people to be who they are and accept them for the unique gifts they bring to the world?
I really didn't understand the R rating either--but I do wish they had left the F word out as that was offensive. When I come out to my own children this will probably be a movie I will show them [of course with the explanation that the F word is not appropriate for them to use!]. You will not regret viewing Ma Vie En Rose; it will open your eyes to the wonders of diversity....more info
- A tender and innocent story on transgender in youth.
It's clear that this film is a departure from so many foreign film with children. The film draws on the innocence of Ludovic, a 7-year old boy, living in France, who believes he was meant to be a girl. After confusion whether he is a boy or a girl, he learns that girls have XX chromosome; he fantasizes that God made a mistake sending chromosomes into the chimney at his birth. He believes one X chromosome landed into the trash.
Ludovic thinks nothing of correcting the problem, not knowing what life holds for those family members affected by transgenderism. He doesn't hide his feelings for another young boy, his friend Jerome. It is Ludovic's family, and family's colleagues who are very uncomfortable with the problem when it becomes more serious enhanced by tension, fear, blame and guilt.
This is director Alain Berliner' debut film, and he touches the subject carefully, not to confuse homosexuality with transgenderism. Ludovic clearly believes he was meant to be a girl and doesn't confuse that with anything else; he is simply a child believing there is a mistake and he will have it corrected. Meanwhile, he escapes into the fantasy world of feminism and pink. The film, considered a comedy, doesn't quite live up to the comedic thread. It is tender, poignant, and sad. The child played by Georges DeFresne is said to have been an eleven year old playing a seven year old; he performs remarkably as his expressive eyes reveal innocence, confusion, happiness and sadness.
The 1997 film received the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. There is nothing here that would be offensive to young children. It is something for all. ....Rizzo
- It Is Suitable For Minors
I agree with the United States reviewer above. The US rating for this movie is over the top. Here in the UK it only gets a 12 - in other words suitable for children over that age. In fact Ma Vie En Rose was shown on UK TV just the other night - but why after midnight I wonder? Are people nowadays still sensitive about the issues explored in this charmingly tasteful movie? I don't think so.
It's all about a dear little boy who wants to be a girl and wear skirts, yet he is given such a hard time by the adults. They send him to a child psychologist and make his life really difficult. Yet he is still a child. In the end he meets a little girl who maybe wants to go the other way and it all ends happily ever after.
Well, that's what we are led to believe. Like most French movies, it's kind of left hanging up there, you know - but that's why we love them I guess.
Definitely one for your movie collection. I can strongly recommend it - particularly as it challeneges in a serious though amusing way our preconceptions about how we should treat children in their formative years....more info
- I love this movie.
I saw this movie when it was first released in the US, and then went back and saw it again taking more friends with me. I love this movie, it is warm,funny and insightful. The scenes with Pam (aka Barbie) are priceless.
A very poignant look at a boy dealing with gender identity issues, how this affects him and his family. The R rating is ridiculous. This is one of my all time favorite movies I have watched it many times....more info
I saw this movie in the cinema, and the atmosphere at the end was amazing. Everyone was looking at eachother with mushy smiles on their faces and clasping hands. It is incredibly sweet. Don't be put off, though. I can't bear sickly sweet movie stuff. This is just really nice. It's true that there's nothing here to justify and R rating. I would take children to see it without hesitating....more info
- Pink Dresses
This movie is about a young boy who wants to be a girl and wear dresses. Ludovic is very sweet and innocent. He does not understand why his family will not except him for who he is. This movie is funny but sad, it really teaches you about acceptance. I truly enjoyed watching this film. I think It touches on many subjects that we all need to know and understand. This movie is mostly seen through the eyes of young Ludovic, so it is often filled with make believe and fantasy, but that is what makes it so heart warming....more info
- Very Touching Movie about Tolerance
This movie should be used in schools to teach about tolerance. I don't understand why it is R-Rated. As far as I know, it could have been made by Disney.
The plot: Ludovic is a confused seven year old boy: he finds out he fancies a boy in his class and likes to dress up as a girl. Because he is so innocent, he casually tells his parents he would like to marry Jerome later. When told that boys can only marry girls, he replies "I know that!", because he really perceives himself as a girl. What he comes across is incomprehension, frustration and anger from everyone in his family, as well as school mates and neighbors...
If you are looking for a movie that will make you both laugh and cry, watch it today, you won't regret it! ...more info
- A "rainbow" of emotions, as others have said.
This movie is very interesting and very well done. I don't think this is a comedy at all, though it does have light moments. I personally wouldn't call it "innocent" either, because there is a lot of pain caused by people's aversion to anyone outside the mainstream. But it is honest and moving. The family members have conflicted and totally believable reactions to their unique sibling/child. This is a French film that is so universal, it could be anyplace if the language were dubbed. Beautifully filmed and acted, with several complex characters, no easy answers or pat resolutions. Feels like life. P.S. The boy never considers himself "gay." He considers himself a "girl." Thus all the references to being "bent" are that much more confusing for him....more info
- Plaintive and dishearteningly honest
The representation of what is fantasy versus "real life" in this film serves to highlight the perception of how the transgendered main character, named Ludovic, comes to clash with the Parisian perception of what it is to be "bent." In doing so, Ludo brings his adoration of the barbie-esque Pam, his family, his friendship with neighbor children to clash with their societal vision of how gendered children should act. Some of his attempts to understand how a boy or girl should act play out as a comedy of errors with tragic results, have a significant negative impact on Ludo's life.
This film orchestrates commentary on the way in which the genders are impressed upon children via the media and cultural indoctrination; the way in which the female is surveyed by the masculine decision makers and how women affect their world through presence and men affect the world through action (surveyors/surveyed).
In summary, this is a difficult picture to watch without internalizing the strife the transgendered child evokes, and is a surefire way to heat up some discussion on the topic....more info
- Ma Vie en Rose
In the film Ma Vie en Rose, a young child is faced with some difficult concepts. Biologically the child was born with, as described by the character, an "X" and "Y" chromosomes making him male. However, the child, Ludo, feels God made a simple mistake and the other "X" chromosome he was supposed to get got lost. Ludo wants to be nothing more than what he was "supposed to be" a girl.
In a middle-class, suburban French family a little boy wearing a dress is unacceptable. Both parents are confused about Ludo's transgender. They do not understand how the child truly feels on the inside. A child at the age of seven thinking he is a girl is beyond their realm of conception. As much as Ludo's parents are confused, neighbors and so-called family friends are outright opposing Ludo. All these people are have their ideas of what do to fix Ludo or change him. These outside eyes are watching the families every move and making judgments against the youngest child. The family is further internalizing the watchful eyes and creating even more confusion in the already difficult situation.
Ludo thinks wearing dresses, high heels and makeup are what girls should do. Ludo idealizes the doll/television character Pam (a.k.a. Barbie). Pam is beautiful, wears dresses and has a handsome boyfriend. Pam is the ideal woman is society. Ludo wants nothing more than to be like her, as many other children do because manufacturers produce items commodifying women. This culture constantly sets women up to compare themselves and be competitive with one another. Ludo merely joins in.
Ma Vie en Rose invites the viewer to see the world from a young child's point of view. The film allows you to ask yourself if you could accept your own child for whatever they are. It also shows how detrimental society's ever-watchful eyes can be on someone who internalizes the constant scrutiny. It also plays on how women are commodified through Barbie. Children are brought up to think women are only happy when their closets are full and have a pair of shoes to match every outfit. This idea of what women should be based on a doll seriously confusing the character, as it does to most children.
This film is a wonderfully done. It is realistic it every way and truly gives insight into the world we live in, with all its faults....more info
- a brilliant film
I can't believe that this film has an R rating in the US. I saw it last year with my french class in London, where it was rated 12. It is a brilliant film, which not only sensitively explores the issues of sexuality and gender identity, but is also entertaining in a way that goes so much deeper than many other films I have seen. SEE IT, and be prepared to have your stereotypes and pereptives challenged....more info
- An unexpected suprise...
I didn't really know what to expect with "Ma Vie En Rose", but this film was an enjoyable surprise. It was interesting to see a 7 year old boy, Ludovic, go through a gender identity crisis. Ludovic truly believes he is a girl in a boy's body or a "girlboy" and tries to prove it "scientifically" by explaining to his parents about God's mistake of throwing away the extra X chromosome in the "trash". Pam, a beautiful doll reminiscent of Barbie, is a doll Ludovic admires and "daydreams" and "escapes" with. This movie had comedic parts, but also painful and heartbreaking moments. Comedic parts come from the consistent imagery of Pam and also the open-minded granny Elizabeth. Painful parts come from Ludo's attempt to kill himself in a freezer, the intolerance from his neighbors and the parents consistent attempts to "change" Ludo's "7 year old boy phase". Overall, this movie probes the idea of gender identity and does it in a light way. This movie isn't close to be as depressing as "Boys Don't Cry" because by the end, Ludo seems to be partially accepted by his parents. But it's interesting to see a different and lighter exploration of gender identity in youth rather than in adults.
-4.5 stars...more info
- "Ma Vie En Rose" - Excellent Movie
"Ma Vie En Rose" (1997), directed by Alain Berliner, is the story of a seven year old boy Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) who has to deal with his beliefs about truly being a girl, when anatomically speaking he is a boy, and the conflicts these beliefs bring about with the surrounding people in his life.
In the beginning of the film, we see that Ludovic's family has just moved into a new neighborhood, and it is conceivable that this neighborhood has a definite "norm" to it. This "norm" is first tested when Ludovic presents himself in girl's clothing and makeup to the gathering that is welcoming Ludovic's family to the area. From that point on, a transformation in everyone but Ludovic occurs.
This transformation is due to Ludovic's transgender beliefs. The term "transgender" can loosely be defined as "a person whose gender identity or expression does not conform to the cultural `norm' for the gender into which they were born, or the sex which they were assigned at birth".
Ludovic's parents Hanna Fabre (Mich¨¨le Laroque) and Pierre Fabre (Jean-Philippe ¨¦coffey) are faced with the daunting task of supporting their son against mass disapproval. Hanna and Pierre try to conform Ludovic by doing such things as taking him to see a psychologist, enrolling him on a soccer team, and cutting his hair short. The only person on Ludovic's side is his grandmother who tries to understand and support Ludovic despite what everyone else says.
Alain Berliner setup this story perfectly by using a young child, whose mind still has not been fully affected by "social norms", and the upper middle class neighborhood (which could represent the general consensus of what is right and wrong), and how the people in this neighborhood can oppose something so harshly that does not fall within its guidelines. One film that comes to mind is Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), where a neighborhood is changed so much by an atypical character....more info
- Transgenders: More than meets the eye!
"Ma vie en rose" is a colorful, emotionally powerful film about a little boy named Ludovic who thinks he's a girl. Ludovic's favorite show is about Pam (a Gallic Barbie equivalent). She lives in a world of pinkness&he longs to join her. Ludovic's femininity-and his desire to be a girl-has devastating consequences for his family. At first, his mother tries to sympathize, but in the end she blames the family crises on him. His father remains withdrawn. For some, the "dominant mother/weak father" is proof that Ludovic is doomed to homosexuality,or at least it's his parents' fault (more specifically,his mother's) The family crises come to a head when Ludovic has a pretend wedding to a neighbor boy,Ben. The parents have a difficult time explaining to Ludovic why he can't marry a boy,since he considers himself a girl.
Ludovic's dreamworld is luminous, filled with pink,a joyous,colorful contrast to his dreary suburban home. In the end,he finds a friend in a very butch girl who looks like a boy. There is hope at the end.
"Ma vie en rose" addresses the "gender identity therapy" some children get if they're deemed too masculine (if a girl) or too feminine (if a boy). Some like Dr. Joseph Nicolosi have suggested that if fathers hug their sons a lot,their sons won't grow up seeking the amorous embraces of other men. When a mother worried that her son liked feminine things&cross-dressing,even Dr. Phil was thrown for a loop. He suggested alternating specifically masculine&feminine toys,and therapy if it didn't work. Dr. Phil is hardly a spokesman for Exodus International or PFOX (Parents&Families of Ex-Gays),but he was still baffled.
"Ma vie en rose" leaves the question-is Ludovic gay or transgender? Since he is still a child,perhaps this question is purposefully left open. This movie is worth watching for the issues it brings up,especially now that many teenagers and pre-teens are coming out as transgender....more info
- The only film I know of not to show TG people as freaks
To give an idea of what effect this film had on me, I was willing to break my long-standing rule of never sitting through a subtitled film. (If I wanted to read, after all, I would have bought a book). But "Ma Vie En Rose" was the rare exception.
One is first struck by how different it is from films with a similar theme (such as "Priscilla" and "To Wong Foo....")The aforementioned films portray transsexuals and transvestites as occupying the fringe of society, and the lunatic fringe at that. Ludo is a sweet, carefree, innocent child whose conviction that he is a girl is every bit as innocent. Ludo could be your neighbor's child--or yours.
Paradoxically, the film shows how far we've come (can you imagine a film like this being made ten years earlier?) and how far we have yet to go. Ludo gets the expected hassling from schoolmates, but their reaction is nothing compared to that of the adults in the neighborhood--a clear indication of where the children get their prejudices in the first place. One gets the impression Ludo's parents (the mother, anyway--the father seems too weak and ineffectual to have an opinion) really want his happiness and will accept him whatever he turns out to be--whether gay or transsexual. When the mother, her patience exhausted, finally cuts Ludo's long hair, it is done not out of contempt for Ludo but the weariness that the furor around him has caused.
The film's highlights have to be the extended fantasy sequences taking place in Ludo's mind, a world of Barbie-like dolls, in a cosmos where X chromosomes tossed by a careless Creator end up in the trash. It does tend to fall back on stereotypes (the strong mother/weak father myth) but is a greater plea for understanding than a hundred books on the subject....more info
- gender as performance
Alain Berliner's 1997 debut 'Ma vie en Rose' thematizes heteronormative standards using the example of public responses to a child who is performing a gender identity in discordance with the expectations towards his natural sex. His and his families removal from the neighborhood activities points at prevalent homophobia and transphobia.
Accordingly the main character merely tries to experiment with male gender indentity performance, encouraged by being disciplined for not acting in a traditional boyish manner in public.
The film uses Brechtian distantiation techniques (Verfremdungseffekte) to allude the constructedness of gender. Also, the main character continually produces his identity by means of visual attributes designated as feminine. The production of the main characters 'identity' and the myth of feminitiy is furthermore underlined by the Barbie-like doll who is shown to be his role model for desirable beauty, not for sexual identity.
'Ma vie en rose' thus trangresses strict gender binaries without creating new strata for stereotypes, as it depicts gender and gender expression as multi-facetted productions....more info
- Adverse sexuality in society (Ma Vie en Rose)
Ma Vie en Rose is a provocative film about a young boy that urns to be a girl and the struggle that he and his family go through in order for him to find himself.
The young boy, Ludovic, feels so strong that he is a girl that he goes to extreme lengths to prove his sincerity. He wears dresses, make up, and watches a show that is equivalent to America's Barbie. He prefers to play with dolls than army men and dances over playing sports. Though Ludovic is anatomically male, everything he does is expressed as female. He even tries to kiss another boy. This action does not make him gay. Because he believes so sincerely that he is a girl, all of his actions seem normal to him.
The neighbors have a different idea of what Ludovic is. They call him "bent" and ban him from their homes and families. At first, Ludovic's parents are accepting and allow his behavior, but as it intensifies, they begin to worry and send Ludovic to a psychologist, who can offer little help.
Ludovic then goes to stay with his grandmother, the only person that accepts him for him. His parents are forced to move to another town after Ludovic's father loses his job, most likely because of Ludovic's behavior. After this move, his parents start to try and accept Luovic, but with little results and Ludovic starts to try and act more like a boy. Things seem to be going well, until a neighborhood girl has a costume party and forces Ludovic to switch costumes with her. Ludovic's mother flips out and tries to hurt him. When she is pulled off of him, she wanders the streets until she sees a `Barbie' billboard. The billboard helps to show her what Ludovic is really like, a sweet, confusioned little boy looking for guidance, and she holds him for the first time since the problems began.
These reactions to adversity, in terms of sexuality, are faced regularly by a wide range of people. The film tries to portray them to the extreme, and does it well, making this movie on the edge of new generation of film....more info
- Magnificent lead performance in a wondeful movie
Its all good in "Ma Vie En Rose" and I suggest anyone who wants to see non-Hollywood, intelligent and thought-provoking fare, to see this great mvoie. The lead actor is more courageous than most adults I know....more info
- Gorgeous film! Worth more than 5 stars
Other reviewers will explain the film in detail. I will say Excellent and beautiful , imaginative and worth every penny to make! Wish more films were this beautiful and heart warming. Makes me want to adopt that child so bad and teach her what love and acceptance really are....more info
I have never seen a more beautiful and innocent movie. Everything is realistically displayed through the eyes of a 7 year old boy, Ludovic. He believes himself to be a "girlboy" because god accidentally dropped his X chromosome into the trash which ultimately turned Ludovic into a boy. The movie is heartwrenching, but remains completely innocent. The whole atmosphere is innocense. I cried so hard while watching the movie. As the film progresses, Ludovic becomes less himself, choosing things based on other people's judgements than his own. He begins to become more timid, introverted, and tortured. His spirit is killed by everyone around him, especially his mother who supported him in the beginning. His mom cuts his hair; an asset that made him feel more feminine, making him vulnerable. The most painful scene to watch was when Ludovic went down the stairs to go outside due to the havoc his sister and brothers were causing. His mother sneered at him and asked "Where are you going?" ludovic answers that he is going outside to take a walk because his siblings are too noisy. His mother glares at him and says without any heart "It's not our fault we had to move" referring to the fact that Ludovic's "girlboy" tendencies made the neighborhood turn on the family. Ludovic stares at his mother for a second, then nods gently and leaves. His sadness really resonates. Ludovic is all alone, and no one cares. His brothers allow him to be beat up in his presence by the soccer team. His mother continually bashes him verbally saying that he ruined everyone's lives, and that everything negative was his fault. it's disgusting what society can do to such an innocent, loving boy. But it's real, and that's what is sick about the world.
i recommend this movie to everyone. you'll love it. this is the environment we let people survive in. it's disgusting how much negativity is pushed upon the fragile shoulders of little 7 year old Ludovic....more info
- Ma Vie En Rose
What do you call a girl who would rather play sports than color? What about a girl who prefers shorts to dresses? Some might answer "normal" while others will answer "a tomboy." Nevertheless, tomboys are a common phenomenom who are fortunate enough to have no social stigmas attached to them. Find a boy who prefers to dance and wear dresses, however, and you are dealing with a sick child with homosexual tendencies. The double standard is both apparent and completely unfair. Ma Vie En Rose examines the role of sexual stereotypes in today's culture while showing how certain elements in society encourage conformity and inhibit diversity.
Seven year-old Ludovic is a boy who wants to be a girl. He likes to wear dresses and talks of marrying another young boy by the name of Jerome. Ludovic's family, who have recently moved into a new neighborhood, are embarassed by Ludovic's actions and struggle to suppress his transexual yearnings. Though Ludovic's actions are surprising to viewers, it is still more interesting to examine the panopticon his family is part of. Ludovic's father, Pierre, does not know how to best cope with his son's tendencies. Ludovic's sometimes embarassing displays of femininity threaten to derail his father's career, as Jerome happens to be Pierre's employers son (yikes!).
Those who assume that Ludovic is gay have missed the point of this film entirely. Sexuality isn't even an issue, especially at Ludovic's age. Ma Vie En Rose isn't concerned with Ludovic's eventual sexual orientation. The film is careful to keep its focus within childhood. Ludovic likes to wear dresses and makeup. He associates these things as the traits of women, and for this reason, feels he needs to marry Jerome. In an idealistic world, Ludovic would be able to enjoy these things without giving up on his masculinity. In the real world, however, Ludovic must unconsciously choose sides. He chooses the "feminine" because the restrictions of socialization give him no other option. This film is a bright (so bright in its use of color, it would make Barbie sick) and intelligent film which instead of asking why, asks why not?...more info
- Ma Vie En Rose- Lovely video with many lessons for all.
This video was so artfully done. It shows what the world lookslike to a boy who really just wants to be himself. However, it becomescomplicated since he wants to be a girl, and grow up to marry a boy. The family's task is clear-to love their son unconditionally-but that is not so easy. I loved this movie because it tells the story of my now 25 year old gay son and helped me see my own life and struggles as his Mom. This is a lovely, sweet movie. I fell in love with Ludovic and it was like falling in love with the little boy my son was all over again. The parents' and boy's struggles are real-they were our experience. God bless us all as we struggle to learn to be more accepting, loving parents and allies to all our children-no matter what. This is a very worthwhile video! END...more info
- Much Love To All
I've seen this movie in theatres and on video several times now. Coming to terms with being transgendered is, in some ways, more painful and distressing than being gay, I think. I have cried (joy and sadness) many times at many parts of this wonderful movie, and as a transgendered person, feel so 'inside' beautiful Ludo. But I want to add my thanks and love to all of you -- especially the 'straight' ones -- who have written so many wonderful things about this film. You make the world feel a little safer for people like Ludo and me! ...more info
- A great movie for the queer kids inside us
For all the movies that have spoken to the kid still inside me, this is one of the few that is geared for the little gay kid that I was (and still harbor). Some gay-themed movies I enjoy in spite of how they are made, but this one is incredibly well directed, scripted, acted and designed. This is just an exceptionally good movie, period. The DVD transfer is terrific -- great color, and the letterboxing is a big help....more info
- STUNNINGLY WONDERFUL
I have only recently begun to enjoy foreign films with subtitles because I simply can not stand dubbed films. To me, a dubbed film losses all the emotion and talent of the actors, and so, I've learned to read and watch at the same time and cannot believe what I've been missing. First, let me suggest to anyone who watches this or any film in a language foreign to you to learn to master subtitles and secondly, I suggest that you not miss this beautiful, beautiful story. This movie literally stunned me with it's candid exploration of such a rare and completely splendid young child. The entire time I watched this film my empathy bounced like a ball to both the protagonist (Ludovic) and the antagonists (the neighbors). This movie is a rarity in that it opens your mind with a can opener and shows you just how you think and act. The beautiful child Ludovic know who he/she is and what he/she wants, which is to grow up to be a girl and live a beautiful pink life. It's the rest of the world that's confused. The freezer scene is to me the cincher in that is shows what Ludovic thinks the world wants him to do, since he cannot be anyone but himself, the only answer is to stop being anyone at all. What a sad and true message this movieteaches about the difficulty we have with tolorance. I think that this movie should be shown in grade schools to children to show them why they should be kind to each other and so that children who are treated intolorably can see how difficult tolorance is to master....more info