Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Rois Et Reine
France, 2004. Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinema, Rhone-Alpes Cinema, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Procirep, Canal+, CineCinema, Centre Européen Cinématographique Rhône-Alpes, Cofimage 15, Wild Bunch. Scenario and dialogue by Roger Bohbot, Arnaud Desplechin. Cinematography by Eric Gautier. Produced by Pascal Caucheteux. Music by Gregoire Hetzel, Mike Kourtzer. Production Design by Daniel Bevan. Costume Design by Nathalie Raoul. Film Editing by Laurence Briaud. New York Film Critics Awards 2005. Toronto International Film Festival 2004.
Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric are both outstanding in this character epic whose tragic and comedic elements combine for an overwhelmingly humane experience. Devos plays a single mother who discovers her father is dying when she goes home for a visit and accompanies him to the hospital to check out a minor pain he’s been having. Meanwhile, her ex-husband (Amalric) has been checked into the psychiatric ward for his increasingly odd behaviour. The paths of these two individuals are reunited, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect; in fact, nothing about this movie is what you’d expect, and that along with the terrific direction (not to mention a cameo by the breathtaking Catherine Deneuve) will ensure your enjoyment of this very beautiful film.