My King

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.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Teproc on Letterboxd

    Did not expect to love this so much. Intense, melodramatic but also very funny. The acting is the film's biggest strength : both Bercot (who won at Cannes) and Cassel give electrifying performances as a couple falling in love and the abusive, unhealthy realtionship that's born out of that. That makes it sound dreary, but one of the things I appreciate is how Maïwenn comes back to how well these two characters work together, how exhilarating life becomes in the other's presence... until it blows up again. It's not a simple "at first it was great, then it sucked" arc, it's more like a rollercoaster or - as Cassel's character would put in - an electrocardiogram.

    It's more than just a relationship drama though. A lot of what makes those characters clash are very relevant to how gender roles are changing and how they're not, a theme that remains very much in the background and subtextual, which I appreciated.

    Speaking of understated themes, the framing device is easily the movie's biggest flaw, especially an early scene where a doctor gives a speech taht's basically "Here's what's this film is going to be about. "Je-nous", get it ?". The scenes with the young people often feel like they interrupt the main narrative, but I enjoyed them anyway. Could definitely have done without them though.

  • ★★★★ review by Rishaad Ait El Moudden on Letterboxd

    Never seen a movie so symbolised in its leading man; Cassel continually charms his way back into his marriage after every negligence and dysfunction and destruction and indiscretion (when he stops attempting, the film concludes), and this My King charms its way back into my warm embrace after every little concern I have about it.

    The chemistry between Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot is magnetic to watch. Bercot is an absolute delight. Overlong and undeniably repetitive, but isn't that what life is?

  • ★★★★½ review by vitoria liz on Letterboxd

    i've left the theater feeling raw, rubbed past the point of swollen.

    (men will never be able to connect with this movie like a women can. maïwenn is brilliant and with an agenda.)

  • ★★★★★ review by beassauro on Letterboxd

    i'm trying really hard to find the right words but i can't

  • ★★★★ review by Leanna on Letterboxd

    Memorable performances. Captured something most depressing relationship dramas fail to do. We often wonder why it's not always easy for someone to leave a toxic relationship. It's not black and white. Someone can feel like cancer to your SOUL but still find manipulative ways to suck that love out of you. It's hard to let go of the parts you love about someone, even if the rest is complete rot. Perfect ending.

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