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  • Culture

    Mon Roi

    By Vincent Hanon 05 March 2016

    AFTER the acclaimed Polisse in 2011, My King is the fourth film by French actress and director Maïwenn. This dramatic romance, which runs just over two hours, tells the story of a self-destructive couple, and their tempestuous marriage between two Parisian bobos; Tony (played by Emmanuelle Bercot who won Best Actress at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival) and Georgio (played by Vincent Cassel who delivers the performances of his career).

    She’s insecure and demanding, he’s a control freak, yet these two opposites attract like magnets, wavering between moderation and excess. Maïwenn’s studies the ups and downs of this doomed relationship between two people who love, hate, and finally don’t know each other – with great subtly. Sometimes it’s hard to admit that a relationship is over, and My King becomes more moving as they attempt to save their relationship, even as we the audience know it’s going to fail. We feel like Solal, the character played by Louis Garrel, who watches his self destructive sister implode, but can’t do anything about it.

    With a well-written screenplay by Etienne Comar (Of Gods and Men, Haute Cuisine) but also a strong improvised vibe, My King recalls certain Ingmar Bergman movies, like Scenes from a Marriage. There is also a hypnotic song by Son Lux that you can hear in the trailer below, that resonates long after the last image has faded.

    Screening at the AF French Film Festival