Allow me to explain: Single mom Katie (Alexandra Lamy) meets Paco (Sergi López, Pans Labyrinth) at the factory where they both work. They share a cigarette, then a bathroom stall and, thus, bodily fluids. From this one-break stand, Katie gets pregnant and, presumably because she and Paco work with chemicals, the resulting son, whom they name Ricky, soon sprouts lumps on his back, which later turn into full-fledged wings. Dr. Spock never covered that one not even in the revised editions.
Paco ditches, leaving Katie to vie heavily for cinema's Worst Mother Ever award. You'll hate her character at nearly every turn; if not for stranding her other child (Mélusine Mayance) at school, it's for leaving Ricky alone, and especially for ... well, cant quite spill that one, although the prologue makes clear the French film isnt out to tickle ribs and warm hearts.
Thats too bad, because Ricky is sold as a charming fantasy, perhaps even one for the whole family. While my tween daughter enjoyed it her first film she had to read it carries brief nudity, a burst of strong language and a pallor of misery. Ozon wants to have it both or thrice ways, gunning for drama, comedy and whimsy, when only one can win out. The former does, and its depressing.
If theres a saving grace, its Mayance, that rare child actor who actually acts, and free of pretension. Rod Lott