Rust and Bone

  • 15
  • Jacques Audiard (2012)
  • Fr / Bel
  • 117 min
Rust and Bone
Film Review
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3 out of 5

French writer/director Jacques Audiard often finds dramatic traction among the criminal classes - most notably in the award-winning prison parable A Prophet - and in this romance, he re-examines themes of love and disability from his 2001 drama Read My Lips. Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) is invalided into social exile after a terrifyingly staged accident at the marine park where she trains killer whales and finds herself indebted and gradually attracted to Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a bare-knuckle fighter and reluctant single father. Adapted from short stories by Craig Davidson and shot in often blinding natural sunlight and hyper-real close-up, Rust and Bone powerfully fixates on the fallibility of flesh, exposed in frank sex, rolling surf and backstreet violence, and in Cotillard's ingeniously portrayed broken body. But two powerful performances and an excruciatingly detailed vision cannot atone for the disappointingly conventional third act, whose broad strokes obscure much artistry.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Marion Cotillard. A whale trainer retreats from life after an accident at the marine park leaves her unable to work, but a single father who works as a night-club bouncer and bare-knuckle fighter pushes her out of her comfort zone.

Cast and crew

Cast

Stéphanie
Marion Cotillard
Ali
Matthias Schoenaerts
Sam
Armand Verdure
Louise
Céline Sallette
Anna
Corinne Masiero
Martial
Bouli Lanners
Richard
Jean-Michel Correia

Crew

Director
Jacques Audiard

Other Information

Language: 
French
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Studio Canal
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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