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My King (2015)

Mon roi (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 August 2016 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Maïwenn

Writers:

Etienne Comar (screenplay), Maïwenn (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Georgio Milevski
Emmanuelle Bercot ... Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel, dite Tony
Louis Garrel ... Solal
Isild Le Besco ... Babeth
Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin ... Agnès
Patrick Raynal Patrick Raynal ... Denis Jézéquel
Yann Goven Yann Goven ... Jean
Paul Hamy ... Pascal
Djemel Barek Djemel Barek ... Djemel
Slim El Hedli Slim El Hedli ... Slim
Lionnel Desruelles Lionnel Desruelles ... Lionel
Laetitia Dosch ... Lila
Félix Bossuet ... Simbad enfant
Giovanni Pucci Giovanni Pucci ... Simbad 3 ans
Milagros Schmoll Milagros Schmoll ... Milagros
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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 Ipsith

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Both director and actress in My King (2015) premiered films at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Maïwenn directed Mon roi. Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall (2015) starring Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot and Benoît Magimel opened the French festival out of competition. See more »

Quotes

Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel, dite Tony: I don't steal other people's men.
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References Boyz n the Hood (1991) See more »

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Same Old Clown
Written by Marcos J. Garcia and Kendra Morris
Performed by Chico Mann
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The fast approach romance, fades away slowly.
14 September 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I knew it was a romance film, but totally unexpected what I just saw. It was different, that's all, other than that there are many similar films that were already made. The film's focus was not the characters, but the phases and the pace of a romance. The love at the beginning and the same love at some time in the latter. The differences what the film highlights. But it's impossible without the characters and their perspectives. So, from the beginning to the end, how a romance can evolve, how it influences other around, all the fun, crazy stuffs, is the film.

The film was partially inspired by the director's own married life. Nice casting and performances. I felt like there was no depth in narration. Depth means, you can't understand the characters fully. Everything it lets you know are the events from where the film begins. So basically it is all about the romance and nothing else. Not even their professions, or the friends and any side incidents, except those topics were used in places in a small quantity to fill the void and make a clean flow of the story. The whole two hours is like about an insane romance. Again, that part divides into two, the first half of the film and the next half.

In the first half, it's all about the initiation. Girl meets boy, instantly fall in love with each other and do crazy things to build the character. It seems like any romantic film, but it all necessarily designed to manage what follows in the later part. Apart from the two who are well positioned from their professional level, it looked kind of like a rich guy meets an economically average girl. Then entering his world, and beginning to taste the royal lifestyle, as well as a sweet romance. The story was mainly told from the woman's perspective. The narration had double layer, going back and returning to present, the two timeline story was revealed to us.

❝I prefer not to be in love and not get hurt.❞

The woman seems intentionally met with an accident in the opening, and she begins to remember her recent past. Her unexpected crazy romance with a rich playboy. While recovering from the knee injury, she makes some friends and they all help each other to come out of their struggle. On the other side of the narration, revealed everything she went through. Not just a happy love story, but struggles over the time pass by. Having a child, being parents, the life drastically changes for both of them. Yet their love and care for each other remains somewhere in the deep of their hearts. Then there is a life, every moment is unpredictable. So how it ends was not that I surprised, because of its realistic.

At one point, I thought it could be the French 'The Notebook'. It did not have emotional end. I'm not saying about sad or happy ending, but the film was honest to the real world. How the second half turned out was the excellent twist in the narration, but done with slowly. This was about the people in their late 30s or 40s. That makes the film is mainly for middled aged people. Otherwise, if the characters and their generation were brought down to like the 20s, the film would have been totally another level. And would have had a more target audience. That's what most of the Hollywood films focus on these days.

The same film in Hollywood would have been one of the frontrunner for the Oscars. The performances were really great. Particularly Emmanuelle Bercot was awesome. As usual, Vincent Cassel showed his class, proved why he's one of the top stars in France. I thought two hours was a bit long, but the writing was good, they had filled the film nicely with the events that helped further to grow stronger in the following scenes.

Despite I consider it a nice film, I don't think everybody would enjoy. They might like it at the end, enjoy watching is not that comes along. Because it is not an entertainment film, nor an art. As I said before, realistic about the relationship and its maturity in the modern world. The other options for the relationship, despite putting all the efforts to save it like people did in the previous century. So, all I say is choose it wisely.

7/10


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,273, 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$54,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,003,331
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2.35 : 1
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