Jumbo (2020)

Jumbo
Director: Zoé Wittock
Writer: Zoé Wittock
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon, Sam Louwyck, Tracy Dossou
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2020
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Content Note: (critical treatment of) ableism, cripping up (debatable)

Plot:
Jeanne (Noémie Merlant) divides her time between her home where she lives with her mother Margarette (Emmanuelle Bercot), and the amusement park where she works. She loves carousels, ferris wheels and the other attractions in the park and she loves building models of them. This year, the park bought a new ride and Jeanne feels incredibly drawn to it. She nicknames it Jumbo – and Jumbo even starts to communicate with her. Soon their relationship becomes even more intense.

Jumbo is one of the sweetest, most romantic films I’ve seen in a long while (well, together with Dinner in America) and I’m here for this trend of unusual love stories being where the romance lives. Jumbo is well done in any case and hit me right in the feels.

The film poster showing a woman's face in profile, the back of her head a ferris wheel.
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Mon roi [My King] (2015)

Mon roi
Director: Maïwenn
Writer: Etienne Comar, Maïwenn
Cast: Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco, Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin
Seen on: 3.4.2016

Plot:
Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) had a serious skiing accident and is now in rehab. This finally gives her time to reflect on her love affair with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). The two fell for each other quickly and deeply. Tony enjoyed Georgio’s exuberance, his energy and life force. He was an adventure and whisked her away. But quickly his devotion to her started to show some serious dark spots and Tony found herself in way over her head.

It’s never much fun to watch a film about an abusive relationship. Mon Roi is no exception. It’s major strength are the characters that are both well-written and well-acted, but it is too long and doesn’t bring much to the table that doesn’t feel a little too clichéd.

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