Rust and Bone

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Rust and Bone

Jacques Audiard (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A single father raising a five-year-old son he barely knows gets a job as a nightclub bouncer, where he becomes fascinated with an aloof killer whale trainer at a marine park. When she loses her legs in a tragic accident, she turns to him for support and a powerful bond develops between them. Romantic drama, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. In French and English.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: FrenchColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Nov 2012