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 emi on Letterboxd

    everyone watch this movie because i love french cinema, vincent cassel and raw films

  • ★★★½ review by 🔮 dana danger 🔮 on Letterboxd

    a very vivid portrait of what happens when the person who helps you see your best self, more often unleashes your worst self.

  • ★★★★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 Jasmine on Letterboxd

    If only Vincent Cassel was my baby daddy...

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