The 36th Annual Film Series continues Sunday, November 5, 2 pm with Ma Vie en Rose, directed by Alain Berliner, France (1997), 88 min.
Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, this imaginative dramedy explores the world of Ludovic, a young child negotiating preadolescence and identity. Though born as a biological boy, Ludo experiments with living as a girl and gradually gains greater understanding of what that truly means. Caught between a struggling family and an increasingly hostile community, Ludo’s journey toward affirmation confronts viewers with a complex duality, a tale that revels in fairly tale whimsy while tackling the harsh realities of hatred and fear. An oft-overlooked gem, Alain Berliner’s film is an endearing, high-camp cinematic classic that finds new meaning in light of the modern transgender rights movement.
The Film Institute is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment and OKCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.
A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay.
Praise for Ma vie en Rose
“Gracefully, the film broaches the invisible line where emotional identity becomes sexual identity. It conveys the beautiful inarguability of being exactly who you are.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“Ludovic Fabre points us toward a wealth of boys’ stories that have yet to find their way to page, stage, or screen.” Film scholar Michael Schiavi
“This bright and touching drama celebrates diversity as one of the enchantments of life.” Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice