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Movie Review: Ricky

Alternate Title: Up in the Air

Story: What happens to very ordinary people when something extraordinary happens in their lives? Director and writer François Ozon tackles this interesting subject matter with flair and grace. The film is based on “Moth,” a short story by Rose Tremain.

Chemical factory worker Katie, lives with her seven year old daughter in a concrete housing complex in France. She meets a co-worker and before you can snap your fingers they are living together and have a baby. The seven year old names him Ricky. Director Ozon handles the first part of the film like any other family drama. There are ups and there are downs in everyone's lives. Soon enough, there are mostly ups - but the ups come in the form of Ricky's sprouting wings and beginning to fly.

The film shifts into another type of film at this point in time. It turns to a lovely hint of magic realism with a splash of allegory. Ricky's ability to fly, depending on your point of view, can be a nightmare or a gift. How do Ricky's parents cope? What will they decide to do? How can Ricky be pinned down?

The production values are top rate. From sensing the interior lives of these people to the wonder of Ricky's flights are all top notch. This film transported me, for a very short time, to a terrific uplifting place. This film has legs - or should I say wings.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y4LhXjrsbQ

Acting: Alexandra Lamy as Katie is terrific as is Sergi Lopez as Paco. Little Mélusine Mayance as seven year od Lisa is marvelous. Arthur Peyret as flying baby Ricky is adorable.

Trivia: Sergi Lopez frequently plays unsympathetic characters such as abusive boyfriends, heartless con men, and psychopaths. His family was Republican during the Spanish Civil War, ironic as he played the pro-Franco, fascist Captain Vidal in Pan's Labyrinth. In 2001 he won the César for his role in Dominick Moll's "Harry, Un Ami Qui Veut du Bien." This role came to define his mastery on villainous roles which continued in "Solo Mia" with Paz Vega as his battered wife, Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things" with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou as his scared pawns, and Guillermo del Toro's "El Laberinto del Fauno" with post-Civil Spain as playground for his Vidal's sadism.

Predilection: The idea of a flying baby was very interesting to me.

Critters: Birds

Food: Eggs and sausages and some chicken wings that looked very much like Ricky's early sprouts.

Sex Spectrum: It is a French film.

Soundtrack: I cannot recall.

Opening Titles: All credits and title are at the end.

Visual Art: Terrific visuals

Theater Audience: It was only my sister and me in one of the new 35 seat theaters at the IFC. A terrific surprise private showing. We shared some holiday cookies and small chit chat without disturbances from anyone.

Weather: The film mostly seemed gray except when Ricky was airborne.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I was attentive throughout.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. You could also rent Odon's other fine films - Swimming Pool and Under the Sand.

Length: 90 minutes.