Mon Roi

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Mon Roi
Mon roi poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Maïwenn
Produced by Alain Attal
Written by Étienne Comar
Maïwenn
Starring Vincent Cassel
Emmanuelle Bercot
Louis Garrel
Isild Le Besco
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Cinematography Claire Mathon
Edited by Simon Jacquet
Production
company
Les Productions du Trésor
France 2 Cinéma
StudioCanal
Arches Films
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date
  • 17 May 2015 (2015-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 21 October 2015 (2015-10-21) (France)[1]
Running time
128 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $9.5 million[2]
Box office $6.7 million[3]

Mon Roi, also known as My King,[4] is a 2015 French drama film directed by Maïwenn. The film stars Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel and Isild Le Besco (Maïwenn's sister).[1] It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[5][6] At Cannes, Bercot won the award for Best Actress.[7][8]

Plot[edit]

Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) has a skiing accident that results in her injuring her knee. She goes to a seaside clinic to recover. While there her rehabilitation councillor asks her to reflect on what led to her injury. Tony flashes back to her marriage with Georgio (Vincent Cassel).

One night, while out with her brother and his girlfriend at a club, Tony sees Georgio, a man she recognizes. She flicks water from a champagne bucket in his face but he claims not to recognize her. Leaving the club Georgio invites Tony and her friends to his house. She reveals that they met while she was working her way through law school as a waitress and he used to flick water at women he would flirt with. Georgio is a restaurateur and Tony is impressed with his lifestyle and joie de vivre. On their second date he takes her, without warning, to his friend's wedding where he is serving as best man. They quickly begin dating although she is agitated when he introduces her to Agnès, a former model girlfriend who dislikes Tony and tells her she "stole" her boyfriend. Nevertheless, things continue to progress between the couple. Georgio suddenly tells Tony that he wants her to have his baby; he has decided that he is "ready". Tony becomes pregnant and the two marry.

Agnès reacts to the news by attempting suicide. Georgio begins taking care of her and Tony feels he is more invested in Agnès than in their relationship. She leaves Georgio overnight though he promises her he'll stop seeing Agnès. Georgio tells Tony that because she walked out on him, he will now never stop taking care of Agnès and also tells Tony that he can't live with her 24/7. It will be better for their relationship for them to live separately, being together mainly for the good times. He rents an apartment across the street from their shared apartment which he moves into. While she is living alone a lawyer and movers come by to tell her that because Georgio is in severe debt many of their possessions, including ones that she brought to the marriage, are being taken away to be sold. Georgio regains her possessions and the two briefly reconcile in time for their son, Sinbad, to be born. Their marriage begins to fracture again when Georgio goes to see Agnès again and later introduces her to their son. He also claims to be working at times Tony needs him to watch their son however when Tony goes to his apartment she finds him in bed with a woman he claims not to know. He tells her that he has never cheated on her but admits to having a drug problem. Tony's brother tells her to leave Georgio but Tony argues that all marriages have their ups and downs and she is willing to continue trying.

Tony begins to take medication in order to cope with her depression over her marriage. She begins to increase her dosage until she finally attempts suicide by taking all her pills. After her suicide attempt Tony finally decides to divorce Georgio but he refuses, especially after she tells him that he will only be able to see his son every other weekend. He threatens her by saying that he'll bring up her suicide attempt and her depression during her pregnancy in order to keep custody of their son to himself. Nevertheless, the two have an amicable divorce and continue to sleep together from time to time. While attending therapy Georgio apologizes to Tony for hurting her. The two take Sinbad on vacation together. Tony gets a high publicity case defending a murderer and she realizes that Georgio is not happy for her despite explaining to him that the case will make her career. Busy with her case, Tony is surprised by Georgio at her office one day who tells her he is afraid of losing her and that soon it will be their ten-year anniversary. He threatens her with physical violence. She tells him that he already lost her a long time ago, and that physical violence could not be worse than the emotional violence he has put her through.

Leaving rehab, Tony returns to normal life where she goes to a parent-teacher interview. Georgio makes an appearance, and though it is clear they still care about each other and share a mutual attraction, they do not interact, and they do not engage in a fight or any of the passive-aggressive behaviour that marked so much of their relationship. Georgio leaves early, saying goodbye to the teachers but not directly to Tony, who smiles wistfully before turning back to the interview.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

Maïwenn spent many years writing the script for the film which was loosely based on her relationship with real estate developer Jean-Yves Le Fur.[9] Agnès was based on model Karen Mulder who was Le Fur's former fiancé and attempted suicide in 2002.[10]

Maïwenn wrote the role of Tony specifically with Emmanuelle Bercot in mind. Her first choice for the role of Georgio was Vincent Cassel but upon their initial meeting he was so negative about the script and about Georgio's roles that Maïwenn initially thought he was passing on the role.

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes reports that 75% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 44 reviews with an average rating of 6.7/10, the consensus being: "My King uses a medical catastrophe as the catalyst for a fully realized, thought-provoking look at love and co-dependency."[11] On Metacritic, the film has received a score of 64 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club said that despite "parts of the film that are intriguing on their own...[Mon Roi] is overlong and overheated, suggesting a filmmaker who’s better at getting actors to yell at each other than at judging what’s essential. [...] At its worst, it brings to mind the unedited first-draft manuscript of an inspirational memoir."[13]

Accolades[edit]

Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Emmanuelle Bercot Won
Palme d'Or Nominated
César Awards[14] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Maïwenn Nominated
Best Actor Vincent Cassel Nominated
Best Actress Emmanuelle Bercot Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Louis Garrel Nominated
Best Editing Simon Jacquet Nominated
Best Sound Nicolas Provost, Agnès Ravez and Emmanuel Croset Nominated
Best Original Music Stephen Warbeck Nominated
Lumières Awards[15] Best Director Maïwenn Nominated
Best Actress Emmanuelle Bercot Nominated
Best Cinematography Claire Mathon Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Une date de sortie pour le nouveau film de Maïwenn". Challenges. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mon roi". JP's Box-Office. 
  3. ^ "Mon roi". Box Office Mojo. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (12 February 2016). "Emmanuelle Bercot's Cannes Winner 'My King' Set for U.S. Release". Variety. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Screenings Guide". Festival de Cannes. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Henry Barnes (24 May 2015). "Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard's Dheepan wins the Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Rebecca Ford (24 May 2015). "Cannes: 'Dheepan' Wins the Palme d'Or". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Costey, Laure. "5 choses à savoir sur Mon Roi". Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  10. ^ salty (11 December 2002). "Supermodels Are Lonelier Than You Think! Karen Mulder Special". Antville. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "My King". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mon Roi Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (Aug 11, 2016). "Relationship drama My King is as rewarding as an endless argument". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "'Golden Years,' 'Marguerite,' 'Dheepan,' 'Mustang' Lead Cesar Nominations". Variety. 
  15. ^ "Prix Lumières 2016 : Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse et Mustang en tête des nominations". AlloCiné. 4 January 2016. 

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