When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, something wonderful and magical happens: they fall in love. But then, their love for each other produces an unusual baby, Ricky.
The starting point for this film was a short story by English novelist Rose Tremain. François Ozon’s screen adaptation is a ‘fantastical’ family film: “The story is very short and its mood reminded me of Rosetta by the Dardenne brothers. The characters are poor, underprivileged white people living in a trailer park in the heart of the United States. Because of the setting, I wasn’t sure how to approach the story, how to make it mine. And although I like the way an extraordinary, amazing event disrupts the characters’ otherwise bleak existence, the fantasy element frightened me. But then I realised that what touched me about the story wasn’t so much the fantasy element as the way it talks about family, our place in it, and how a new member – a new partner or a new child – can shake up the balance. There’s an irony in Rose Tremain’s writing that corresponds to my own, and I wanted to preserve that in the film. Whenever the story gets too unreal or bizarre, elements of humour and distance come in to release the tension and make the scene work.” –Berlinale
One of the most provocative and vibrant filmmakers to emerge during the 1990s, French director François Ozon has distinguished himself with dark, mordantly psychological films that draw their impact from Ozon’s frank and often disturbing explorations of transgression and sexuality. Combining wry humor, sensitivity, and subversive insight with a talent for manipulation, Ozon has earned comparisons to Hitchcock and Chabrol, directors whose works have provided ample inspiration for the young director as he has staked out his own, impressive territory in the cinema. Born in Paris in 1967, Ozon became interested in filmmaking at a young age. The son of bourgeois intellectuals, he was influenced by such Hollywood-based European directors as Hitchcock, Max Ophuls, and Jean Renoir, and also found great inspiration in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (one of Fassbinder’s early plays would later inspire Ozon’s Water Drops on Burning Rocks). After earning a master’s degree in cinema, Ozon… read more
Whereas Desplechin or Chabrol routinely juggle the dark and lite in their piquant middle class portraits, Ozon here at first only contends the banal against the dreary: idly caught between his freshened lovers and explicit framing with Dardenne social realism, merely preceding its casually absurd premise and trivial media critique. His catalogue demonstrates he has the ability to sketch persuasively, but Ricky - whose sheer slightness proves its saving grace - stands curiously muddled a blend; hardly his most credible reference.
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"Ricky, the latest film by François Ozon to receive release in the United States, is so chock full of tonal and generic shifts that