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Ricky [DVD]

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  • Actors: Alexandra Lamy, Sergi Lopez, Melusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret
  • Directors: Francois Ozon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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When Katie falls in love with her Spanish colleague, no one can guess just how dramatically. Together they conceive a child they name Ricky , but after he s born he begins to sport odd markings on his back which begin to concern his parents. The situation that follows turns Ricky into a curiosity and naturally leads to an endless series of complications. More disturbingly it draws hordes of curiosity seekers and the paparazzi, who sufocate the family with intrusive attention and seem permanently unwilling to relent.

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Francois Ozon's Ricky is one of his most successful films, I think, as it brings to the fore the vein of fantasy in which most of his best work is cast. He is very good at strangeness, and the score in this film plays it up well. The central conceit of a baby with wings is certainly unprecedented in a film, I think. At the same time the setting couldn't be more banal, in a sense - a block of flats and a main character who works in a factory. He also plays the cuteness of babyhood against quite a high disgust quotient which also maintains an odd feeling of equilibrium, and the film is likewise poised between warmth and otherness, or alienation, and between humour and pathos. All these aspects give the tone a bizarre richness and I watched the film twice in rapid succession with a similarly mesmerised gaze! I was surprised by a scene near the end which had a real emotional resonance. It's almost a bit like Kafka, the way he brings you up short in Metamorphosis. There is a view of the housing estate which makes it look so normal and yet oddly otherworldly. Alexandra Lamy and Sergi Lopez give a very effective boost to the emotional barometer of the film, anchoring it in feelings that are both archetypal and unpredictable, as would be so, you imagine, in such bizarre circumstances as the film shows. I don't imagine there's ever been a film where a baby takes centre stage quite as much as here. In its strangeness it seems to look back to Sitcom - the unforgettable giant rat scene - or Les amants criminels, where you felt he used fairy tale and a Wagnerian score to the most potent effect. This is a sweeter film than either, but not without a distinctly sad undercurrent too.
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It's interesting that Artificial Eye are releasing François Ozon's previous 2009 film directly to DVD at the same time as his latest film Le Refuge, the two films taking a very different approach to the impact that the birth of a child is to have on a mother. Having never been released theatrically in the UK, few people will know what to expect from the earlier film, but as is often the case with Ozon, you should always expect the unexpected, and that's even more the case with the utterly bizarre Ricky.

If Ozon has been a bit of a chameleon, he's nonetheless shown himself to be an adept filmmaker with consistent themes and a unique approach, those themes often relating to families. Ozon seems to find something rather unhealthy in family relationships and finds them unable to cope with modern stresses and sexual tensions, often leading to a violent self-destruction. This has been particularly imaginatively done in films like Sitcom, 8 Women and 5x2, the director managing to twist the reality of the situations slightly in order to bring out certain facets of those weaknesses and how they lead to dysfunctional behaviour. Ricky pushes those boundaries even further, perhaps a little too far for an unsuspecting public and even for the director's own fan-base.

Unusually for an Ozon film, Ricky's subject is one of a working-class family living in a typical high-rise apartment.
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This film is a delightful romantic fantasy, which starts off as a gritty social realist film but quickly turns into a critique of the genre. The film suggests that to be poor and in a monotonous factory job does not exclude the possibility of happiness. That it is possible to come through pain and loss to experience the kind of intense happiness when earthbound as the baby (Ricky) experiences when in flight. Perhaps this film in its romanticism could be read as conservative or reactionary but it can also be read as radical, as a critique of consumerist materialism, in its insistence that it is who you are not how much money you have that matters. Whatever, it is original and enchanting. And the flight sequences are joyous and superbly realised.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, beautiful movie. 22 Mar. 2013
By PegCot - Published on Amazon.com
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Right from the start, this movie grabs you and draws you in. The actors portray their characters so sensitively, and they are believable, even with this crazy premise. When the movie ended, I had so many questions, and that's a good thing. I wanted to watch it again, and when I watched it a second time a few months later, I loved it even more. The ending is very beautiful, very symbolic, and I feel it is up to you to decide if it is symbolism, haluecinations, or truly happened. This movie compelled me to watch every movie I could get my hands on by the director Francois Ozon, and some were really good and some were really weird, but they were all interesting and very compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie 4 May 2014
By crystal angels - Published on Amazon.com
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the movie is the only one of it's kind in my eyes. you see this little angel baby with lil wings and learns to fly. flying around the house bumping it's head, wears a helmet, get's loose in the grocery store ... I enjoy it. if you like movies with babies, unexpected events, and a little drama this would be for you. glad I got it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ricky's review 18 July 2012
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I thought that this movie was really beautifully made. The baby was a true miracle. The ending however I felt should have been different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie! 19 April 2011
By Night - Published on Amazon.com
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I watched this on Netflix streaming. I watch many foreign films so having subtitles is no biggie. This baby is adorable, the storyline is funny, dark, and at times sad.
However I believe this child is truly divine, and no human can have him. He saves his Mother's life eventually, and he is charming, beautiful, delightful, and it seems he's truly having a blast with what he appears to do in the movie. I thought the special effects were fantastic, and beautiful. I am buying this movie to add to my many movie gems.

I hardly ever send in a movie review, this one is worth it. I adored this little guy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Final Part of the Movie Makes an Already Far-fetched Story Like a Cartoon 18 May 2017
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ricky is a movie that is great in parts, but pretty badly written in others. I've never seen or heard of another movie with this subject matter so it's got that going for it. However Ricky doesn't appear until a fair way into the movie around the 20 minute mark when he's born. We see him conceived in a poisons factory bathroom and other stuff before this which isn't that interesting and really could have been condensed so we could have had more of the Ricky action if this movie had length constraints. It also oddly has a spoiler scene at the start, that makes no sense. The first thing we see is Ricky's mother begging to put Ricky into a foster home, when the government assesor of whoever the woman on the other side of the desk asks why, she say Ricky's dad left us, Ricky won't stop crying. Yet when we watch the rest of the events in the film which are obviously a flashback, this scene makes no sense as at no time does she ever want to give Ricky up for adoption, or temporarily to a foster home.

Giving credit where it's due, as people talking about acting performances often ignore kid characters in film and this one deserves recognition. Mélusine Mayance who plays Lisa, the already existing daughter was brilliant. She was completely believable one at being the daughter of the mother, something a lot of kid actors struggle to make the viewer believe, also initially a young girl growing up in a struggling financial single parent household, then one coping with a strange man being forced into her life who is obviously a bit untrustworthy but at that stage her mother is oblivious or happy to ignore it just to have a man in her life. Then Lisa's a child who copes with having a screaming baby brother, then having to stay in the flat and look after him while the mother is out, then they discover Ricky is a special baby brother and everything that comes with that. Both the mother and father of Ricky actors weren't always believable, but it's the Lisa character that makes everything work.

Ricky is the tale of Katie, a single mother who is living a pretty depressed life working at a poisons from what I can tell (this is a French language movie with English subtitles) factory. One day a new fellow employee catches her eye, later he sits down to bum a cigarette off of her, this of course leads to some baby making action in the toilets where she is reprimanded for being late back to her shift at her station along the conveyor belt. It's not long before she tells her daughter who discovers the two at their flat's table having breakfast, that Paco, this strange large man she's never seen before will be living with them now. Soon the film jumps in time to Katie giving birth where Lisa asks Paco what her brother's name will be (for some reason Paco isn't in the delivery room). He asks what she would call it, she suggests Ricky. So that's what the baby's called. But Paco's a bit of a deadbeat dad, Katie is getting more and more stressed out, and yells at Paco whenever he decides to come home. Paco volunteers to do the right thing and look after Ricky so she can go out, but when she returns she notices a large bruise over one shoulder blade. Paco isn't impressed when she accuses him of dropping Ricky. When a bruise appears on Ricky's other shoulder blade, Katie again accuses Paco, he's had enough and is out the door. But the bruises weren't caused by Paco. Then the uniqueness of the story kicks in.

The movie from that point is pretty good. Any thoughts you'd had of giving up on it are completely gone at that stage. There's some cool visual scenes and the props/special affects in regards to the different parts of Ricky are pretty well done. Unfortunately the final part of the film is completely unbelievable. The already obviously far-fetched film with the premise it has, just became something only a little kid would maybe believe. Spoilers for the ending in the final paragraph with also gives away the surprise factor of what makes Ricky special as well if you choose to read on.

There is no way Ricky would have survived once he flew off. Even though he has wings and somehow knows how to use them to fly, he's still a baby. What did he eat while in the wild? How did he survive the sun and the cold and whatever else the weather threw at him. Let alone birds of prey and other predators. Not to mention human predators who would have been looking for this famous flying baby. Plus how dumb are Paco and Katie, why would you not reveal him to the highest bigger media inside an enclosed area? If you were going to take him outside surely you'd use something stronger than string, and even if you used that surely you'd tie it to your wrist not just hold the end of it. Why did child services never turn up?
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