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don't worry, Paco is here.

This movie is in French, with English subtitles.

R

Alexandra Lamy, Sergi López, Mélusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret

Supermarket Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, please leave the premises as quickly as you can for security reasons.  An unidentified flying object has been seen over the aisles.

Katie (Lamy) is a single mother working at a factory who meets a coworker named Paco (Lopez) and starts up a relationship with him.  The two have a child together, but their relationship is tested when the child, Ricky (Peyret), starts to develop odd bruises on his back and Katie accuses Paco of abuse.  Soon, though, Katie realizes she was mistaken, as she starts to see that Ricky is more special than she could have imagined.

This is a strange one.  Its tone is all over the place.  At times it seems like a gritty, adult themed drama, and at other times it seems like it wants to be a lighthearted kids movie.  I don’t want to delve too much into the plot because I’d be giving away some surprises, so I’ll just say it was not what I was expecting at all.

That’s a good thing, though.  It’s good to be surprised.  I just wish it had all been carried out a bit better.  The aforementioned tonal problems made it a very uneven movie.  I was never sure just what to think about what I was watching.  Was this supposed to be epically sad/heartbreaking or was it supposed to be kind of funny?

One solid thing throughout is Alexandra Lamy’s performance.  She’s very good, and actually seems above the material in a way.  Actually, the other actors do a good job too.  The movie’s parts just don’t add up to anything more than an average product.

It’s a risky project to undertake, and I applaud the effort.  I just think the story could have been more clearly presented, and the tone problems needed to be sorted out.  There’s probably a better movie here than what I watched.

Never doubt somebody named Paco.

10 – 2.3 for the problems with the tone – 1.5 for the story not being presented in a very compelling way – .3 for some goofy special effects = 5.9