Rust and Bone

2012, Drama/Romance, 2h 2m

165 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Surging on strong performances from Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone is as vibrant and messily unpredictable as life itself. Read critic reviews

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Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a former boxer and single father, meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) when he saves her from a brawl at the nightclub where he works as a bouncer. Their casual acquaintance develops into something much more after Stephanie, who trains killer whales at a marine park, suffers a horrible accident and loses both her legs above the knee. As Stephanie draws on Ali's physical strength, an unexpected courtship slowly comes to life.

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  • Apr 14, 2014
    Several renowned directors made a comeback in 2012 to show their cards unther the sleeve. Most of them were worthwhile, if not great. Audiard, unfortunately, failed to live up to the big expectations that his past film had set beforehand. What we have here is a story with interesting visuals and a soundtrack as uneven as the lines in the palm of my hand, an underdeveloped chemistry and family issues utilized as dramatic fillers to keep a dubious (and somewhat clichéd) story moving forward. Nevertheless, the execution was not clichéd nor predictable. Increasingly, and with each new year, films have begun to retake conventional stories and present them in an unconventional fashion, including the final outcome. The cinematography inherits that European visual fragrance of minimalist dynamism and makes the entire time investment worthwhile, but it should be a warning sign for Audiard the fact that the connection between Stephanie and the whale was more moving in 2 minutes than two characters with no complete psychological resolution and a rather forced closure on the events depicted. 75/100 P.S. I hate Kate Perry.
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2014
    It was a very moving film about 2 "broken" people finding each other. Marion Cotillard was amazing in this. I wish she would have gotten an oscar nomination. Very deserving. Matthias Scoenaerts was also pretty good. I really felt for him when he also lost his son. He wasn't always such a good guy, but you could tell that he was trying. And they both had good chemistry. Very different people, but they complimented each other nicely. It was a pretty food film and worth a watch.
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  • Nov 09, 2013
    Healing in the midst of the brokenness of it all. Great Film!!! For quite some time into the film it seems both the film and its main characters aimlessly sit in their cocoon without breaking out. One feels some very vague potential in people but somehow their very lives seem the greatest impediments to its blossoming. One wonders what the film is about and where it is going. Like its characters, it feels like a bunch of loose ends aimlessly hanging about. But I must say that at the end of the movie it has grown on you: suddenly, as the story progresses, the film hatches, the characters break out of their cocoon and in retrospect one feels one has been witness to the improbable -and yet realistic- birth of an unusual but deep love story between two common people. The story has a hidden intensity of screenplay which is intensely performed by Schoenaerts and Cotillard. It creeps beneath your skin. If you like Audiard's way of developing gradual character drama with an intensity that seems to be implicit, buried beneath trailer-trash but still strongly present, you'll like this film. It's a story of how one can find anew a purpose in life when one feels like wasted trash. The cinematography and soundtrack are pretty beautiful too, completing a fantastic triumph of an understated film. Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
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  • Sep 22, 2013
    Cotillard is fantastic, but the film meanders around her.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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