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My Life in Pink (Ma Vie en Rose) (1997)

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Alain Berliner's colorful and poetic Ma Vie En Rose not only bends the lines between reality and fantasy, but also those notions of gender roles as it tells the story of a seven-year-old boy who creates family chaos when he informs them that he wants to be a girl. At first everyone shrugs off the boy's desire as a childish phase, but when he starts appearing publicly dressed as a female and stating that he intends on marrying the boy next door when he grows up, the upstanding and proper people (including peers and neighbors) get seriously worried. While worry turns into outright hostility, the poor innocent child becomes increasingly bewildered as he cannot understand why he cannot simply change his gender.

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Cast

Marie Bunel
as Psychoanalyst
Anne Coesens
as School Teacher
Vincent Grass
as School Director
Erwan Demaure
as Jonathan
Simon Poitier
as Bertrand
Alice Detrouleau
as Kissing Girl
Michel Forget
as Hand of God
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Critic Reviews for My Life in Pink (Ma Vie en Rose)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

About the unimaginative struggle to maintain conventional respectability, and the transgender child who is having none of it...

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Groucho Reviews

Director Alain Berliner and screenwriter Chris vender Stappen have created one of the most authentic, touching households ever put on film.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Film Journal International

This bright and touching drama celebrates diversity as one of the enchantments of life.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

...just the right recipe to leave a smile on your face.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for My Life in Pink (Ma Vie en Rose)

Off-beat gender bender that's at times funny, at times poignant, and always entertaining. Ma Vie En Rose manages to vilify our collective ignorance without insulting our sensibilities. A truly remarkable film.

*High marks for set decoration and cinematography as well as casting and direction.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Writer and director Alain Berliner has made a fresh film about what it takes to survive in a world where people still measure others by codes of conformity, prejudice, and small-mindedness. The incomparable Ludovic stands his ground. Ma Vie En Rose isn't necessarily trying to advance an agenda, and it's not a movie about homosexual issues. It's about someone who is convinced he's something that physiologically he's not. Maybe it's just a phase he's going through, maybe he'll grow up to be gay. The movie doesn't really address that. It's about what is going on in Ludovic's head right now. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

That poor cute little boy (girl). My heart wept for his (her) situation. :(

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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