Rust and Bone 2012

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Ali is a homeless man who dreams to be a professional boxer. When he is suddenly put in charge of his five year old son, he takes refuge with his sister in her beachside town. While at his new job as a nightclub bouncer, he meets Stephanie, a beautiful and confident woman who trains killer whales at Marineland. He gives her his number not expecting that shell ever call.

Starring:
Marion Cotillard,Matthias Schoenaerts
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Rust and Bone

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Jacques Audiard
Starring Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts
Supporting actors Bouli Lanners
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
This is a fiercely unsentimental film about `ordinary` people who occasionally behave in surprisingly extraordinary ways, to survive, to help others to cope, or merely to pay the rent.
A Belgian man named Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts, brilliant) and his small son Sam are on the road, escaping from - we`re never sure exactly what. They hole up with his sister and her husband in their poky apartment in Antibes, and he finds himself a dubious job, while earning some extra money bare-knuckle fighting. This is one tough homme, who rarely smiles, and is not always successful at being a capable father, though he tries to do his best. He is, however, highly successful with women...
Stephanie (Marion Cotillard, stunningly good) works at the local outdoor sealife centre, as a kind of ringmaster to a troupe of ostensibly tame killer whales, until there is a ghastly accident, from which she emerges horribly maimed.
Needless to say, the two people`s lives intersect, though not always in ways one might expect.
This is a beautifully directed, well-scripted film about how the least likely people can befriend each other and, ultimately, become more than simply fairweather friends. Cotillard - so remarkable as Piaf in La Vie En Rose a few years ago - is an actress who is what one might call endlessly watchable, with no excesses and no unnecessary posturing, giving a performance of deep integrity and truthfulness. She doesn`t overdo anything, and she has a soulful pair of eyes which appear always to be seeing that little bit further. Unlike another reviewer here, I found the CGI effects seamless, no distraction at all - in fact, I was wondering most of the time how on earth they managed to make it all look so real.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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Marion Cotillard delivers a remarkable portrayal of Stephanie, who,
following an unimaginably awful accident in her job as a killer whale
trainer, seems to have little left that she might wish to live for until
a drifter, Ali (another riveting turn here from Matthias Schoenaerts) with
his small son in tow, helps to restore some sense of self-belief and hope
into her shattered existence. In truth the slow and tenuous evolution of
their relationship turns out to be an emotional salvation for them both.

Corinne Masiero as Ali's long-suffering sister Anna and little Armand Verdure
as his son Sam also deserve praise for the naturalness of their performances.
(Ali and Sam's scene on the frozen lake is almost unbearable to watch!)

Director Jacques Audiard doesn't just tell the tale well. He makes us feel it.

Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
What is happening to French cinema? In the last five years there have been very few outstanding films, with a predominance of cutesy escapism or gritty, tough thrillers. Rust and Bone is one of those films that wants to be seen as having integrity and seriousness but is actually quite commercial and lacking in depth both in the script and visual style. It relies very heavily on violence to create what the Daily Telegraph (London) describes as 'genuine power', but if you take out these events from both the lives shown, plus the further calamity that occurs, which is also violent in a sense, you would be left with an insipid drama about two people in their everyday lives shown fairly superficially.

No one seems to have an inner life at all, which is particularly unsatisfactory when someone goes through something as disastrous as Marion Cotillard's character (Stephanie) does. There is a passing attempt to show her despair, but it is so brief it hardly registers. You cannot really make an entertainment based on this kind of subject, but this film attempts to do so. It shows us beautiful actors, flattering us that we're being very compassionate and that their looks are incidental, and suggesting that Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is actually a very decent character under the surface, completely lacking in the bourgeois notion of fidelity, whose sexual openness allows Stephanie to unlock this side of her nature again. This is the extent, really, of its insight into 'blue collar' mores - it's hardly A Woman Under the Influence.

Furthermore, the characters are not really all that likeable beyond the trait of Ali's I've mentioned - plus one nice scene on the beach where he is quite considerate - and her warmth towards his son and need for something more than quick-fix sex.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By The Grenouille on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
Audiard has done it again! After 'A Prophet' he has once again delivered a gut-wrenching movie which oscillates between realism and stylism. The acting is impeccable: Cotillard has such an expressive face and is a real master at conveying emotions with the slightest touch; and Mattias Schoenaerts is an impressive and imposing revelation. I thought the relationship between their two characters evolved organically and realistically. Some reviewers have complained that some events in the film were not explained and/or didn't make sense. Well, for one I appreciated this. Often in life people act in ways that do not seem logical to the outssde world but surely must have some internal rational for them. I liked that I had to project myself into the characters to try to understand their actions. Anyway, I would warmly recommend the film to anyone. Even if not everyone will end up loving it as much as I did, it will make for an interesting, challenging and original journey.
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