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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
From François Ozon:
Golden Bear Berlin Intl Film Fest
"Ricky's quicksilver changes of mood and genre make for an engaging puzzle" -Slant Magazine
"[An] intriguing modern-day parable" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! "There's something shy of sinister still at work here" -NewCity Chicago
"This is among Ozon's most lyrical and daring films" -Chicago Reader
"Intriguingly, Ozon doesn't alter his style when the substance changes. It's as if a creature out of David Cronenberg or David Lynch popped up in the middle of a Ken Loach film" -Onion AV Club
The refreshingly unpredictable film Ricky is an audacious tale of working class lovers whose passion produces an extraordinary child, from the always versatile filmmaker François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women, Under the Sand), who continues to surprise his audience with the unexpected. As her new relationship with her factory co-worker Paco (Sergi López, With a Friend Like Harry, Pan's Labyrinth), begins to bloom, single working mother Katie (Alexandra Lamy) learns she's pregnant. Baby Ricky soon dominates Katie's attention, straining the couple's relationship as well as her bond with her seven-year-old daughter. Ricky is an ordinary infant until one day he begins changing in the most amazing ways, bringing the young family challenges for which no parent could possibly be prepared. Overwhelmed by these responsibilities, Paco leaves, only to return when Ricky's "abnormalities" create a media frenzy. A blend of mystery and magic-realism, humor and irony, Ozon's Ricky (adapted from a short story by English novelist Rose Tremain), is both a gritty family drama and a fairytale about parenthood and its truly inexplicable consequences.
Directed by François Ozon, France, 2009, 35mm, 90 mins. In French with English subtitles.