Cinema: Short Takes: Ma Vie En Rose

He's Pretty in Pink, and the Town Is Seeing Red

The effect is stunning: a seven-year-old in lipstick and a borrowed pink dress. Anyway, the sight stuns the parents of the boy who makes his entrance so gaily bedecked. He is Ludovic (Georges du Fresne), a sweet child convinced he's a girl. No point in lecturing the lad; Ludo blithely pursues his obsession. Of a school chum, he says, "We're going to marry when I'm not a boy."

In the genially subversive Franco-Belgian Ma Vie en Rose, the town where Ludo and his family live is cheerily color-coordinated (each garage door is painted a different pastel), but the emotions that the...

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