Tony: "You're not a jerk, are you?" Georgio: "Of course not, I'm the king of the jerks. Marching them all in." (From the film)
This woman's love story travels between joy and suffering, ecstasy and longing, passion and betrayals. It travels in delirium.
The relationship is killing her slowly - and not so softly. Tony meets the magnetic, witty, generous, spontaneous Georgio at a night club, and the next morning it's already butterflies, laughter and lovemaking; the beginning of a passionate, yet lovesick and painful decade together, and alone. Mon Roi opens with a broken Tony at a rehabilitation institution, a woman who has been badly damaged by the very wildness she fell for in the first place. Georgio's spontaneity has often translated into his absence, his wit into lies, his generosity, towards other women's needs. Yet, Tony stayed, at her own expense. This is a piercing love story, and a woman's film, but certainly not in a Feminism 101 sense. Bercot's vivid performance of a woman struggling to stay alive leaves us asking what -inside the shattering of her dreams, her infatuation and devastation- we find so invigorating, soulful. Perhaps sometimes power is not what we think it is.
2015 CANNES BEST ACTRESS, HAMBURG
Born in France in 1976, Maïwenn is an actress and director. She started acting from an early age. She garnered international recognition for her appearance in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element (1997). The two later began a relationship, after which Maïwenn took a career break for several years. She directed her first feature film Pardonnez-Moi in 2006. Her second film Polisse (2011) won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Her last film, Mon Roi, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.