Visceral, humanist piece about individuals in transition, whose humanity is defined by both pain and resilience. Marion Cotillard's Stéphanie is an orca trainer who's forced to redefine her life when an accident leaves her without legs, and she strikes up a relationship with Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a struggling single father with a young son who lives with his sister and drifts between small-time jobs. Whereas Stephanie has reached her breaking point and is already on the road to rediscovery and reinvention, we find Ali on a downward spiral; he doesn't reach his breaking point until the end of the film. Director Jacques Audiard brings an energetic, emotional presence that never feels contrived. The movie ends with a quote from Ali, who is finally in the process of turning his life around: "At some point the pain will come back. Like needles. Like glass splinters." It's OK to be in pain, the film tells us. It's what makes us human.