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  • Summary: When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, they fall in love. After starting a life together, something truly extraordinary is added to the mix: a baby called Ricky. This miraculous creature brings the young family challenges no parent could be prepared for…(IFC Films)
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  1. It would be risible if Ozon’s hand didn’t remain so steady and confident throughout, all the way up to a complicatedly upbeat conclusion that recreates the Christian Annunciation with the straightest of faces.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    67
    The frisson between the two halves is intriguing for a while, but it leaves the film feeling adrift.
  3. 63
    In this season of self-important filmmaking, it's nice to watch a movie that entertains while refusing to take itself too seriously.
  4. The deeper Ricky plunges into allegory, the shakier its grasp of the material.
  5. 50
    Parables are stories about other people that help us live our own lives. The problem with the French film Ricky is that the lesson of the parable is far from clear, and nobody is likely to encounter this situation in his own life.
  6. Ozon's fractured-working-class-family magical realism, liberally adapted from Rose Tremain's short story, "Moth," works best in specific moments.
  7. Imagine a quietly creepy "X-Men" prequel -- in French -- and you have this odd little parable.

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