Ciné-Club: Ma Vie en rose

Ciné-Club: Ma Vie en rose

Sunday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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Not just a phase! This week in our series on LGBT french film, we'll be taking a look at a movie about a picture perfect suburban community and the spunky little girl whose mere existence challenges it all. Join us for a discussion of Alain Berliner's seminal trans coming-of-age film: 

Ma vie en rose (1997)

Rent on Vudu, YouTube, or Amazon Prime Video

Ludovic's new to the neighborhood and already the talk of the town. The youngest child of the squeaky clean Fabre family, Ludo shocks the household when she, though born a boy, tells her mom and dad that she wants to live as a girl from now on. It's a simple statement for the matter-of-fact seven-year-old, whose gender identity feels as natural to her as can be - but it's a scandal to the rest of the world, and between gossiping neighbors and hand-wringing parents, Ludo faces the full force of suburban soccer-mom drama. Will Ludo find a place for herself in this Rockwellian, pearl-clutching neighborhood? 

Both sentimental and cheeky, Ma vie en rose dazzles with its campy color palette while conveying an important and timely message about courage in one's identity. Though controversial at release, this Belgian film has been held up ever since as an important cinematic step in trans representation - and an evergreen story about tolerance and pride. Let's talk about it! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.