A bittersweet film that is, above all, a very funny story about a punk bohemia. The camera peeks into cluttered, rundown clubs and squats, where time passes slowly, the day begins at night, and more time is spent relaxing than working. Loosely interconnected episodes portray the lives of several friends: artists and those who think they are artists; hard cases, junkies, and slackers; con artists who find the most bizarre ways to earn money; freaks; and the just plain crazy. At the forefront is a man named Pierre. He loves his girlfriend, Mona, but he is unable to stay with her. The main threat to their relationship is a famous musician, played by real-life rocker Johnny Thunders, the delightfully over-the-top poster child of extravagance.
Prix Jean Vigo 1990
Patrick Grandperret is a French director, screenwriter, and producer. He was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses in 1946. He spent time working as an assistant director on, among other films, Maurice Pialat's Graduate First and Lulu. In the 1980s, he began making his own films. His second full-length feature, Mona and I, won a Jean Vigo Award for independent and original filmmakers.
1981 Courts-circuits / Short Circuit
1989 Mona i ja / Mona et moi / Mona and I
1993 Lwica Sirga / L'enfant lion / The Lion Child
1995 Le maître des éléphants
2006 Meurtrières / Murderers