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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  • ★★★★ review by Snakes$s 🐍 on Letterboxd

    The Movie masterfully explores an abusive relationship and what consequences it can bring to a person's life.

    Is very subtle to show the abuses there, so much so that at the beginning the impression is that Georgio shows himself to be a character even passionate, which justifies in a way the feeling that Tony had for him. Throughout the film, however, the situation is reversing, showing that Georgio is not quite that, causing not only Tony to be caught by surprise, but also us spectators.

    The plot turns and Georgio generates even repulsiveness, in which even in the final moments in which Tony arrives in a certain way to "ask his release" to Georgio who for 10 years parasitized his life: "Now I want to be happy, let me be happy , if you really love me, you must want me to be, so let me be happy, "the feeling is of a lump in the throat.

    One addition is that Georgio never needed to beat Tony to have done a damage. Often psychological abuse can be far more harmful and aggressive than physical violence itself. "You want a medal for never having hit me?"

    Relationships such as the one approached in the film, however much they may cause us a certain astonishment at being portrayed in a crude / organic way, are recurrent, and can easily generate a process of identification, either with something that has already occurred to us or with people we know, and because of this the nuisance generated is almost inevitable.

  • ★★★★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

  • ★★★★ 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 🔮 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.

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