Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident. Dependent of medical staff and painkillers, she takes the time to remember the tumultuous love story she lived with Georgio.
In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Young Tony decides to return to his hometown. There, he discovers his father has returned to France claiming to miss his friends and country of origin. Tony ends up becoming a teacher, and finds himself amid conflicts and inexperience.
Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio. Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free.Written by
"You must have nothing to lose in order to love with heart and soul"
I've already written about chemistry between Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni in The Family Man and between Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis in Tumbledown. But chemistry between Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot surpasses everything I've ever seen. In all ups and downs love brings, two of them were able to maintain the same connection throughout the entire movie.
So far, I've seen Vincent Cassel starring in Irreversible and playing Jacques Mesrine in L'ennemi public n°1; two great movies. But his performance in Mon Roi is better than those two - maybe the single greatest performance I've ever seen. His delivery was amazingly realistic - like he didn't even act but acted like in everyday normal life. After seeing Mon Roi Vincent Cassel became Georgio Milevski for me.
Georgio Milevski initially appeared to me as an adulterous, drug using psycho. Nothing more. Maybe charming and funny psycho and hence a dangerous psycho. But as I continued to watch the movie I couldn't help myself not to feel some sympathy for him. Maybe there was something frank and loving about him. Maybe he's loving at the core of his heart which has been ruined by addictions. My reason told me there was nothing good about him but my heart told me a different story - that in which Georgio sincerely struggles to overcome what he had become for the sake of his partner. I'm still not sure who he really is and that makes me uncomfortable because the same feeling must have gone through Tony's head. That ignorance may be the reason she allowed herself to submit to him. I think this attitude lies at the very heart of "can't live with, can't live without" relationships. That's why this impersonation may be the best I've ever seen - it made me feel disturbed and angry but sensible as well since there just is something mysterious about Georgio.
Emmanuelle Bercot played Tony - deeply committed but deeply inside broken women who tolerates more than she should. After seeing Tony's struggles I asked myself again a question which begets a decent answer: why do we remain committed to relationships which bring only pain and misery? Is that love? Can love be destructive towards yourself? No. It's addiction which makes us stick to destructive relationships. Georgio and Tony are somehow very alike: he's addicted to drug and partying but Tony's addicted to him. They're both addicts struggling to quit - Georgio taking drugs and Tony dating Georgio.
The way I interpreted a relationship between Tony's physical rehab and her reminiscence of a relationship is the following: her physical rehab is just a vivid analogy of her psychical rehab; the same way she has to treat her knee in order to be repaired is the way she has to treat her heart. With patience, tenderness and help of other loving people.
In conclusion: this is a type of movie which may touch you deeply if you were ever involved in tumultuous relationship. You may find looking at your past or present relationship as a third person since Mon roi may bring forth some memories.
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