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Ricky (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 December 2009 (USA)
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When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, something magical happens: a love story. From this union an extraordinary child is born: Ricky.

Director:

François Ozon

Writer:

François Ozon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Lamy ... Katie
Sergi López ... Paco
Mélusine Mayance ... Lisa
Arthur Peyret Arthur Peyret ... Ricky
André Wilms ... Le médecin hôpital
Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat ... Le journaliste
Maryline Even Maryline Even ... Odile
Véronique Joly Véronique Joly ... L'assistante sociale
Martine Vandeville Martine Vandeville ... L'infirmière hôpital
Myriam Azencot Myriam Azencot ... La surveillante usine
Diego Tosi Diego Tosi ... Le serveur restaurant
François Lequesne François Lequesne ... Le responsable usine
Julien Haurant Julien Haurant ... Le bibliothécaire
Eric Forterre Eric Forterre ... Le boucher
Hakim Romatif Hakim Romatif ... Le vendeur
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Storyline

Katie, a single mother living in France with her daughter Lisa, struggles to make ends meet while working at a chemical factory. There, she meets Paco, a co-worker from Spain. Soon, they move in together, and Katie becomes pregnant. Katie gives birth to a baby boy, named Ricky, and she and Paco raise him together in their tiny apartment, along with Lisa. However, it soon becomes apparent that Ricky is no ordinary baby; he develops a pair of functioning wings and becomes able to fly. Soon he is flitting about in their tiny apartment, and together Katie and Paco struggle to raise and handle the ever-growing Ricky. Written by Alyssa W

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricky - Una storia d'amore e libertà See more »

Filming Locations:

Amiens, Somme, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,626, 20 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,226, 20 December 2009
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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No animals or flying babies were harmed in the making of this film. See more »

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intriguing blend of obsession, sibling rivalry and magical realism
21 March 2010 | by waterwalkerSee all my reviews

I saw this today as part of the Alliance Francais film festival in Brisbane.

While not Ozon's best effort (for me Swimming Pool remains his masterpiece) this is an intriguing whimsical story with disturbing undertones of obsession and sibling rivalry.

The story really makes most sense when considered from Lisa's point of view (a powerhouse performance by the young actress here). I took the fantasy aspect of the story to be a metaphorical expression of integrating new members into a tightly knit family of two (and not just Ricky either). This magical realism is very strongly grounded in the emotions of the characters and this is what gives the movie impact in spite of its imperfections. Ozon likes operating on the boundary of fact/fiction mind/reality, and takes huge gambles here which don't always come off--but in the moments they do the film is very satisfying.


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