De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)

2012

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)

Critics Consensus

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

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A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. Lonely and destitute, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though Stephanie's position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to Ali. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with Ali -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • An emotionally gripping if slightly meandering drama marked by two powerful lead performances.

    Jul 27, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The movie wanders off course in the final act, as if none of its three screenwriters could quite figure out how to end it.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Rust" has some lovely scenes - Alain carrying Stephanie out to the sea - but it seems to wander off in search of something it already has, and in wandering, it loses its way.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • "Rust and Bone" has heart and soul.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Rust and Bone" seems to wander unexpectedly into its heart; it feels organic in its casual unfolding, like life itself.

    Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • You couldn't ask for a more random relationship, but "Rust and Bone" slowly, almost magically, gives it meaning, symbolism, even a kind of symmetry.

    Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)

  • 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.
    m h Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2013
    Cotillard is fantastic, but the film meanders around her.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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