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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

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 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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My King See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,273, 12 August 2016

Gross USA:

$53,809
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Maïwenn (director) and Emmanuelle Bercot (actress) worked again in My King (2015) after Polisse (2011) (Jury Prize winner at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in 2011). See more »

Quotes

Georgio Milevski: Can I give you my mobile?
Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel, dite Tony: If you want.
Georgio Milevski: Catch.
[throws his mobile and she catches]
Georgio Milevski: The code is 1776. 1776.
[he leaves]
Babeth: He's fantastic.
Solal: [sarcastic] Yeah, fantastic. I love him.
[to his girlfriend]
Solal: Hey, you want my mobile? Catch.
[...]
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healing a knee and a heart
8 September 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. We have all had that friend who falls head over heels for someone we know is not good for them. If we are a dutiful friend, we make every effort possible to open their eyes before it's too late. Sometimes they are simply too far gone to listen … and what follows is a roller-coaster of emotions, or even an outright train wreck. Writer/director (and sometimes actress) Maiwenn, who was once married to director Luc Besson, finds much to examine in the roller-coaster relationship of Georgio and Marie/Tony.

The story is viewed through the eyes (and recollections) of Marie/Tony played with exuberance by Emmanuelle Bercot. After a skiing "accident", Tony goes to a rehabilitation center to receive post-surgery treatment. While her knee is healing, she also spends her time self-analyzing a tumultuous and destructive relationship with her ex Georgio (Vincent Cassel). It's easy to see the parallels for her learning to walk again, while also learning to live again.

Tony is a successful criminal attorney and self-described "normal" woman. She falls hard for the exciting Georgio, a life-of-the-party type. Tony's brother Solal (Louis Garrel) and Georgio's suicidal ex Agnes (Chrystele Saint Louis Augustin) are both against this relationship, but it's challenging to stop the love bug when it hits this hard. The film acts as a blueprint of how relationships and falling in love can start strong, build to a crescendo, and then crash and burn.

Georgio has many childlike characteristics. He is fine when he gets his way, but explosive and manipulative at the drop of a hat. He is fully engaged in phase one which is filled with passion, lust, fun and excitement; however, once the everyday toil and maintenance of the relationship is required, his bi-polar personality becomes difficult to watch.

Addiction plays a key role here. Georgio is addicted to freedom, partying, and drugs; Tony is addicted to the excitement and passion that he delivers to her "normal" life. There are some cinematically rare "real life" scenes scattered throughout, and none better than the couple's first time in bed, and a later dinner scene where Georgio's charm and manipulation skills are on full display as he puts Tony in a no-win situation.

Vincent Cassel has joined Mads Mikkelsen on my short list of actors that I will watch regardless of the project. His screen presence is powerful and emotionally-driven, and here he generates both admiration and disgust at varying times. We understand why Tony is in a "can't live with him, can't live without him" mode. Emmanuelle Bercot (also a writer and director for other films) manages to cover the full spectrum of emotions during the film, and she takes us along for the self-reflection. We pull for her even as we question her sanity at times. Somehow we get it … he's the king of jerks, but he's her king. If only she had listened...


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