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Societal pressures often shape the way people act This is especially apparent in the differences between the behaviors of males and females When males and females assume the job of parenting these roles often persist in their relationship with their children When one thinks of the typical family specific roles for a mother and a father come to mind Mothers are generally more nurturing and accepting while fathers typically encourage masculine behaviors with a tendency toward action sports and aggression In the film Ma Vie en Rose these roles are significant Ludovic Farbres father initially encourages male behavior while his mother is sympathetic to his desires to act like a girl As the film progresses however Ludos parents experience a radical role reversal that has devastating effects on Ludo Initially Ludos mother accepts his differences while his father discourages his feminine behavior The viewer first sees Ludos feminine behavior when he comes to his familys housewarming party dressed in a pink dress and covered in makeup The neighbors are stunned by this scene and Ludo is rushed inside He claims that he wanted to be pretty but all his father can say is never again His mother interjects with supportive words claiming that we search for our identity at this Ludos age Soon after the issue of Ludos long hair becomes apparent His father pushes him to have it cut ask him dont you want to be like dad and your brothers Ludos feminine actions however do not stop at his appearance The next day Ludo is caught acting out a marriage ceremony with his neighbor and friend Jerome While Ludos mother is initially perturbed she defends Ludo in face of his fathers harsh wordswhat you did is very bad Ludos father continues typical male behavior as he begins to believe that he hasnt spent enough time with Ludo and has hence caused him to be bent Almost immediately he begins taking Ludo to soccer
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