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Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

Georges Du Fresne , Michèle Laroque , Alain Berliner  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent, Daniel Hanssens
  • Directors: Alain Berliner
  • Writers: Alain Berliner, Chris Vander Stappen
  • Producers: Alain Berliner, Arlette Zylberberg, Carole Scotta, Daniel Delume, Gérard Ruey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001W9FZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ma Vie en Rose" on IMDb

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Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. As suburban prejudices close around them, family loves and loyalties are tested in the ever-escalating dramatic turns of Alain Berliner's critically acclaimed first feature. Winner of the Golden Globe(r) for Best Foreign Language Film and a favorite at festivalsaround the world, this unique film experience delivers magic of the rarest sort through a story of difference, rejection, and childlike faith in miracles.

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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING WORTHY OF AN "R" HERE...THE RATING BOARD'S NUTS! September 6, 2000
More than a bold statement about how people generally treat those who are different, this film is primarily a wonderfully sweet story. This film works so well because of its many levels: Ludovic's charm and the daydreams he uses to escape (you can't help but love him and feel for him), his parents' concern and anger (sometimes irrational but often justified), and the neighborhood's consternation at what appears to be something completely out of whack with their suburban "normalcy" and blandness. The interesting part of this film was that, despite the general belief that children can often be most cruel to each other, it was the adults who misbehaved and caused all the problems. Definitely a first-rate story with a great blend of comedy, drama, and tears.
As far as the technical aspects of the movie are concerned, they're also first-rate. The widescreen format is exactly what this movie needs (I simply couldn't imagine it in fullscreen format). The colors are bold and bright, and the sound is well-balanced. The subtitles are available in English (with some incomplete translation at times, and a few unnecessary vulgarities), French (with a word-for-word translation), and Spanish.
Like others here, I cannot comprehend the "R" rating. There's no sex and there's no violence. I've seen "G"-rated Disney movies with more questionable material than this! The f-word is present, but only because of the translators' choice of syntax: it wasn't necessary and certainly wasn't in the French script. In fact, with a proper translation, this movie could have been released with a "PG" rating. As such, I personally believe this movie should be seen by high school students as part of a curriculum on tolerance.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Touching & Surprisingly Subversive April 23, 2002
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The most obvious way to read MA VIE EN ROSE is as the tale of difficulties faces by a very young boy who is very likely transgendered--but given the multilayered nature of the film this is actually a rather narrow point of view. It would be more accurate to describe the film as a rather sly assault on a cookie-cutter society that reacts with a herd mentality toward anything in the least unusual. And Ludovic Fabre is a most unusual child: barely into school, he has become convinced that he is really a girl, and in his childhood innocence he sees absolutely nothing socially amiss with the idea.
The film begins with a party at which neighbors gather to welcome the newly arrived Fabre family--only to be, along with the family, extremely disconcerted when Ludovic makes an entrance in meticulously applied make-up and a pink dress. His family passes the incident off as a joke, but Ludovic proves remarkably single-minded, and when he draws a neighborhood child into his fantasies he also incurs neighborhood hysteria. The result is at once comic and unpleasantly vicious as his classmates, his neighbors, and eventually his family gradually turn upon him.
Although there are one or two problems with character development in the script, the cast--particularly Georges du Fresne as Ludovic and Helene Vincent as free-spirit grandmother Elizabeth--is superlative, and director Alain Berliner balances the serio-comic story with a very light touch. Viewers will laugh a little, cry a little, and ultimately come away from the film feeling an uncertain hope.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The R-rating is a hate crime! October 2, 1999
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Since gay and lesbian themes are sort of OK in Hollywood as long as it conforms with the market stereotypes, it is aggravating to see this Franco-Belgian coproduction being rated "R" (just get rid of the whole rating crap, will you). Transsexual feelings in kids! Oh my God, that's the perverse of all perversia, plus it's foreign, and spoken in French, must be corruptingly erotic and evil... R. Next. Hereby I wish to call out to all parents to not only talk about sexuality with your kids, but to give NO heed to this rating, and even view this movie together! By banning this film from a large part of the teenage population, ignorance and thus prejudice about sexual orientation and indeed about respect for difference are strengthened. This movie is not only bittersweet, it is, judged from previous comments, a colorful "child's view" of the narrow-minded adult world and its lack of fantasy. To Leonard Maltin: this story is not set in a suburb in Belgium, but Paris (in France!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ma Vie En Rose May 11, 2004
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding short film. Highly recommend.
I cannot recommend this short film highly enough. I saw it as a part of my summer studies at Harvard Summer School with Professor Keriwen Luis. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Haley Atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered look at gender issue
Addressing the gender issue over a short span of time in this child's life illustrates the multi-layered emotions that affect not only the individual child, but his family, and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Hallett
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't look at life through Rose Tinted Spectacles
Some children are born knowing who they are, but convincing the rest of the world that who they are is okay can seem an unwinnable fight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pipnuts
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie, to say the least
It was good, a little heartwarming, a little sad. But a good movie. Watched it not for entertainment though, but as a grad school assignment.
Published 3 months ago by Brian Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly my professor is so bad
I had to watch this for my Social Psychology class. It was good. So not practical. Nothing like any American movie i've seen.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie
Like "Ponette," Ma Vie en Rose shows how insensitive and irrational adults can be in the face a child's internal logic that is different than others.
Published 5 months ago by Dr Doran
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic beautiful movie
Amazing movie.
This is a great movie. Well acted and directed. I wish there were more movies like this in the market
Published 5 months ago by Jorge Ivan Carrillo
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptionally done
This movie was way ahead of its time, having come out more than 15 years ago. It is spot on in terms of a young transgender girl's journey and is realistic as it shows parents... Read more
Published 5 months ago by adam glick
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about nails it!
This is the first film I have watched and thought, "yup, that's exactly what it was like." When Ludo walked down the stairs in her oversized shoes I could see myself,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Asa Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
The subject of gender identity, social acceptance, and the impact on family is carefully orchestrated in this film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Janine McCullom
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I believe it is "Ma Vie en Rose" by Zazie, or it's called "Rose" or sometimes "La Vie en Rose". She has a second song called "La Vie en Rose", but that's not the one in the movie. The one in the movie is a remake of the Edith Piaf "Ma Vie en... Read More
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