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Mona and I

Patrick Grandperret
Mona et moi
France 1989 / 90’
Claire Denis's choice

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.

Piotr Mirski


Prix Jean Vigo 1990

Patrick Grandperret

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.

Selected filmography

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

Cast & Crew

director Patrick Grandperret
screenplay Dominique Galliéni, Patrick Grandperret
cinematography Louis Bihi
editing Yann Dedet
sound Julien Cloquet
cast Denis Lavant, Sophie Simon, Antoine Chappey, Olivier Owen, Johnny Thunders
producer Olivier Owen, Christoph Giercke
production Chrysalide Film, RGP Productions, Skyline
language French
colouration colour