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Gallic director François Ozon's idiosyncratic Ricky represents an attempt to weld together two polar-opposite and seemingly incompatible genres: kitchen-sink realistic drama and high-concept Spielbergian fantasy. Loosely inspired by a Rose Tremain short story, the tale opens on a council estate just east of Paris (in the Seine-et-Marne), where single mom Katie (Alexandra Lamy) ekes out a low-key and fairly miserable existence. She earns her keep as a factory worker while glumly attempting to
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The story begins in gritty realism, ends in pure fantasy and leaves out most of the alphabet as it makes its way from A to Z.
Ricky, the first of two Ozon films to debut this year, marks a return to his busy-bee ways, not least because it feels like two disparate movies joined at the hip.
It would be risible if Ozon's hand didn't remain so steady and confident throughout, all the way up to a complicatedly upbeat conclusion that recreates the Christian Annunciation with the straightest of faces.
What Ricky lacks is a more thorough, consistent examination of maternal bonds.
Because Ozon doesn't develop his characters once Ricky shows his true nature, the movie's slightly overcooked working-class realism quickly morphs into a grotesque story of a mutant baby. The film's two halves feel almost mutually exclusive.
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It's not a total success in delivering heartfelt movie satisfaction, but Ozon makes the film with absolute confidence
While there may be some sensational elements about this tale from François Ozon, it is essentially an engrossing love story with a twist
Refreshingly unpredictable, imaginative, funny and provocative, but it eventually becomes a bit uneven, awkward and lacks emotional resonance.
Ozon's Ricky contains moments of real grit, but also contains a dose of otherworldly magic that only movies can provide.
Ricky's quicksilver changes of mood and genre make for an engaging puzzle, but its last notes of transcendence seem insufficiently earned.
The first half is wholly successful, the second one is flawed... and the movement from one part to the other is handled with all the grace of a dachshund on wet ice.
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