The film “Ninjababy” diverts the dictates of motherhood – rts.ch

Adapted from a comic strip by Inga Saetre, this light-hearted Norwegian comedy centers on a young woman whose plans for the future are jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy. A whirlwind of energy, freshness, cheekiness and feminism.

Rakel is 23 years old and full of plans. She dreams of being an astronaut, a ranger, a designer. But when she finds out that she is six months pregnant and that it is too late to have an abortion, the only solution that is imposed on her is the adoption of her future child.

With her best friend as a confidante, two men who could be her parents, and the animated image of her fetus speaking to her, Rakel will resist at all costs this unwanted motherhood that threatens both her future and her freedom.

>> To see: the trailer for the movie “Ninjababy”

A subjective chronicle

By far the most enjoyable movie of the week, “Ninjababy” displays from its first sequences a staging of effervescent energy and liveliness, in tune with its heroine who only thinks about enjoying her youth, having fun, getting drunk and having sex every night. times as possible. possible.

Played with extraordinary ardor by Kristine Kujath Thorp, this compelling character drags the entire film in her deliciously chaotic groove, imposing a punk madness on the result to which she succumbs without resistance.

Chronicle of this young woman determined by the sole desire for a free and unconstrained future, “Ninjababy” finds its uniqueness by illustrating Rakel’s subjective visions.

With offbeat, even surreal humor, filmmaker Yngvild Sve Flikke enjoys breaking up her scenes with brief mental forays, at those moments when Rakel imagines, or recalls, her sexual romps in the frame while discussing what she normally does with her girlfriend. .

In addition, drawn motifs contaminate the image, a ringing alarm clock, electrical points to express the sentimental emotions that overwhelm the heroine, until Rakel’s fetus, also drawn, appears in her eyes here, like an evil spirit impertinently commenting on her life. . options and trying to guide his decisions.

A supposed feminist approach

This visual process, which could have been purely artificial, finds all its relevance here by turning the viewer into an accomplice of Rakel and her way of seeing the world in a totally playful way.

The relationships that the young woman will weave with the creepy Pikkjesus, a former lover and alleged father who improvises as a father when he doesn’t even know how to manage his life, and with Mos, an aikido teacher with whom he spent a night and whose smell of butter he appreciates. , could have taken “Ninjababy” down the slightly agreed-upon path of romantic comedy, subjugating Rakel to the male characters.

Fortunately, the result breaks free of this to remain as close as possible to its heroine, whose search for freedom and identity unrestrictedly opposes social mandates.

We will thank Yngvild Sve Flikke for having reached the end of his feminist approach, with a look that could not be more critical of that supposed maternal instinct that supposedly dictates a woman’s reason for being.

“Ninjababy” offers its heroine another birth, more artistic than biological, a daring and magnificent conclusion to this film of jubilant freshness, humor and topicality.

Rafael Lobo/aq

“Ninjababy” by Yngvild Sve Flikke, with Kristine Kujath Thorp, Arthur Berning, Nader Khademi.

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