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My Life in Pink

88 minutes

Ma vie en rose (1997), the debut feature by Belgian filmmaker Alain Berliner, was one of the most popular films shown at the 1997 Cannes film festival, a delightful comedy about a six-year-old boy who decides he wants to be a girl and the various kinds of consternation this produces in his family and community. Significantly, Berliner cites both Tim Burton and Ken Loach as influences; the Burton input is most apparent in the boy's favorite TV show, a tacky, surreal fantasy with a Barbie-doll heroine that occasionally suggests Pee-wee's Playhouse, as well as the Burton spin-off feature, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Rich in understanding and insight, this is some of the best Belgian filmmaking I've seen outside of Chantal Akerman's, and it's a good deal more accessible. In French with subtitles.

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