Directed by Francois Ozon
Melusine Mayance (star performance for a young actress)
By Gerald Wright
In romantic films based on the idea of innate emotional justice, lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationships are rewarded with unconditional love. This theme holds true in this movie and I enjoyed it.....
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By Linda Z
Ricky is a wonderfully playful and yet reality based film that jumps forward on the premise that a one event encounter with a little known man of ordinary means ends not in the forbidden event, ABORTION, and might not be all that life fulfilling and family building it is touted to be. No surprise there.
Given the pleas of Alexandra Lamy, the overwrought mother who so brilliantly expresses the compelling plight of a women with now two children and her fears she cannot raise these children on her own, and her unfounded fears that the man who is the source of this second child whom she fears has left her, (moved to Spain) without warning, without forwarding address, the viewer expects another sad sack story to prevail.
This film is..... the mother's dream come true. The return of her much needed man, the development of a seemingly happy, richly emotionally connected family of three, now four. And at the heart of the plot is Ricky the most unusual baby; a baby who cries too much, a baby whom we can all love and we do. Ricky is the baby that dreams are made of, and become the substance of enjoyable enriching articulate films.
Ricky is also the story of how the media comes forth with their aggressive techniques because of a abnormality, something that is deemed a 'newsworthy' item. This is a story where everything comes out okay, the story of when dreams prevail we can pick up the pieces of our lives with a smile, rather than an impossible dreaded struggle.
It is difficult to know where the dream begins and ends, and reality comes to the fore in this film. But isn't that true in life as well?
I recommend this film for its playfulness, for a moment in a women's life when doom tempered with dreams doesn't seem so bad. But...
Given the option of Abortion and the paucity of intimate knowledge of the man, I would opt for no baby to be born. Rather than look to the future which holds nothing but travail. Wouldn't you?
WBAI Women's Collective