“Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink)” – Chris Luedtke

Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) is seven years old and has a dilemma…he thinks his gender is a mistake. Certain of this, Ludovic tries his best to be the girl he believes he was always destined to be. Dreaming of weddings and dressing up are just a few of the quirky things that go about in Alan Berliner’s eye brow bender.

 

My Life In Pink opens with a house warming that is quickly interrupted by the androgynous Ludovic coming down to greet the neighborhood in full seven-year old drag. From there on the movie is never the same and neither is the image of the family in the eyes of the relatively normal neighborhood. Ludovic always finds himself trapped between his female fantasy and the reality that wants to eat him alive. The battle that rages on doesn’t exactly hold back either. It’s not hard to feel bad for Ludovic because of the bias that he must face. He essentially fights the world throughout the movie and there’s always a hope residing throughout that someone will meet him in the middle. However, there are also times where Ludovic does things he knows he shouldn’t and it lets the view decided whether they want to sympathize with Ludovic, a position I’ve found myself in very few times. No feelings in here are forced onto the viewer and due to its content it would probably be hard to pull that off anyway.

 

My Life in Pink has a white suburbia childishness about it. Most of this is due to the fact that the viewer is seeing most things through the eyes of seven-year old Ludovic who has a vivid imagination. Escapism is a part of his regular life and he often dreams himself running away with the Barbie-like Pam, his female idol. The coloration is in some parts very similar to the dreamy masterpiece Amélie, especially during escapism sequences but mostly doesn’t match up. More often than not the camera work is fairly standard and in some cases a little uncomfortably shaky.

 

I can’t complain about the plot really. It’s paced well and it does a great job of taking things to new extremes with every passing event. Mostly it follows Ludovic and the viewer gets to see things through his eyes but we do get occasional breaks and views shift but it’s fairly rare. I do find this to be an advantage however because without the childishness of Ludovic the movie would be too serious and any attempts at being a naïve child would be ruined. There are a few confusing scenes that I just didn’t get and only one of them didn’t really add up to anything.

 

My Life in Pink is a prime example of bitter sweetness. The out-worldliness context mixed with the childish themes gives rise to an interesting little film. Those looking for something they can melt into, laugh and gasp at needn’t look any further.

 

Rating: ★★★½

 

-Chris Luedtke

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