Ma vie en rose

When the Fabre family move into their dream house with wonderful neighbors, everything seems perfect except for one thing – the youngest child Ludovic wishes to live as a girl; while she was assigned male at birth, she feels that she is a girl and wants to live as female. The rest of the family humour her as best they can, rationalizing that Ludovic is only trying to find her identity and will soon be over it.

Trouble begins when Ludovic befriends Jérôme, the son of his father’s boss (whose family lives across from the Fabres), and expresses a desire to marry him. When visiting Jérôme’s house, Ludovic enters his sister’s room and puts on one of her dresses, not realizing that the sister is deceased and the room was merely kept in memory of her. Jérôme’s mother sees this and she and the rest of the neighbors are horrified. The community turns against Ludovic and, by extension, the rest of the Fabre family. After Ludovic stands in as Snow White in a school play, the parents of the other students send in a petition to have her expelled. Ludovic’s father, under strain as an employee of Jérôme’s father, is unable to cope and causes conflict within the family. After a particularly bad argument, Ludovic attempts to mend the situation by hiding in a freezer to commit suicide. She is found in time and allowed to wear a skirt to a neighborhood party. While the other neighbors greet her warmly, Ludo’s father gets fired the next day and finds his house spray-painted with graffiti. Ludo runs out of the house, distraught. Hanna, Ludovic’s mother, blames Ludovic for everything that has gone wrong. She wants to set Ludo straight, so she cuts her hair to make her look like her brother’s. Ludo resents her mother for doing this, ultimately deciding that she wants to live with her grandmother.

When Ludo and her grandmother go visit his parents one weekend, the father announces that he has a new job, but it is out of town and they have to move.

At their new house, Ludovic is befriended by Chris Delvigne, a masculine-presenting child. Chris’ mother invites Ludovic to Chris’ dress-up birthday party, which Ludo attends in a musketeer outfit. Chris, unhappy in a princess outfit, asks Ludo to swap and has the other young party guests force Ludo to do so upon refusal. When Ludovic’s mother sees her in the dress, she fears that their troubles are beginning again and lashes out by hitting Ludo until the other party guests restrain her.

Hanna follows Ludovic to a billboard where she is shocked to see Ludo in the picture, running away with Pam, the protagonist of a program she used to watch. When she tries to follow her, she falls through the ground and awakens at home. She and Ludovic’s father assure Ludo that she may wear skirts from now on. In turn, Ludo assures her mother that she never really intended to run away with Pam. Hanna, happy to see her, accepts Ludo’s identity and says that regardless what she believes to be, she is still her child.