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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.
Audience Reviews for Ricky
An odd little film about a baby with wings! I was enthralled with the film even though it seemed to have no message or purpose! François Ozon likes to take things of a provocative nature and dump it in her films and let the character's and audience's react! Perhaps the message was simply this... sometimes babies are born to people whom are not prepared for the responsibility! If the baby had been a normal baby I don't believe the family would have been any more prepared or ready for that responsibility then they were for the winged Ricky! The mother and father barely knew each other, both are stressed with work and juggling all those other stresses that come with life! The last thing either one of them needed was a baby! The daughter obviously mature for her age, however the advanced wisdom wasn't a gift so much as a necessity to survive when you live in a state of neglect! If the mother had given birth to a normal baby it too would of suffered neglect. So François Ozon gave her a baby that by virtue of wings could simply fly away! Literally empowered the baby with the gift of flight thereby preventing it from having to pay the price for its irresponsible parents mistakes!
This could have easily turned into something cute and frivolous but Ozon has a way of turning a story inside out. Instead, Ricky is an angelic metaphor, an uplifting tragedy about coming to terms with devastating loss. An odd but lovable film.
A single mom factory worker gives birth to a very special baby; of course, every mother thinks her baby is miraculous, but in this case the press thinks so, too. Magical realism that never really gets off the ground; it starts as a dour domestic drama then tries to shift gears and turn into a whimsical comedy. A good idea with a good heart, and beautifully acted, but unexpectedly dull in the execution.
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