MA VIE EN ROSE (1997)
The constant crush of convention becomes obvious when watching good people betray that goodness for fear of crossing social boundaries. With Ma Vie en Rose, the point is made as we watch a young girl, née Ludovic after being born into the body of a boy, struggle to own her identity, as her otherwise loving parents continually fend off embarrassment by pushing her back into her prescribed box. Director-writer Alain Berliner’s touches of fantasy help to illustrate the degree to which constraint kills personal liberty, how the sad circumstance of being born in a body that doesn’t match one’s gender identity is needlessly worsened by social demands that extinguish self-expression. It’s the rare combination of sugary tableaux concealing a remarkable nutritional value.
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