Cannes Film Fest 2015: Mon Roi (My King)–French Amour Fou with Startling Performance by Emmanuelle Bercot

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My King (Mon Roi), a bold and passionate tale of amour fou directed by Maïwenn (Polisse), stars Emanuelle Bercot, Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel and Isild Le Besco.

The film received its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Emmanuelle Bercot won the Best Actress Prize.

The film subsequently was nominated for eight César Awards (French Oscars) including Best Picture, Actress and Actor.

When the tale begins, Tony (Bercot) is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain killers, she takes time to look back on the turbulent ten-year relationship she experienced with her lover, Georgio (Vincent Cassell).

She raises such questions as, Why did they love each other? Who is this man whom she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion?

Tony knows that a long, difficult process of healing is in front of her, but she hopes that the physical work will finally set her free.

Maïwenn’s follow-up to Polisse, a Cannes Jury-Prize winning film, features two of the year’s most committed performances by Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassell who dominate every frame.   Jointly, they create what is likely to become one of France’s classic tales of amour fou.

This sizzling romantic drama is written with such multi-nuanced detail that it overcomes problems inherent in the genre.  In describing the highs and lows of a deep bond, the tale blows hot and cold on a relationship based on emotions that at times seem irrational and make sense only to the two partners engaged in it.

Maïwenn should be commended with constructing vividly realized–and realistically vivid–characters, which, as played by Bercot and Cassel, show the joy and pain, the sexual excitement and emotional disappointment of a relationship that nearly destroys the woman.

Film Movement will release the film in the U.S. in the summer.