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Rust and Bone [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2015
Phenomenal acting throughout. So natural at times you forget its a film.
The young boy is incredible. An incredible film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2015
Its a fantastic beautiful film with amazing performances throughout.It makes you think long after the end.Wonderful.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 September 2014
An epithet which can, I feel, be used in a number of ways to interpret Jacques Audiard’s 2012 film – an unlikely 'love story’ between Marion Cotillard’s paraplegic ex-Orca trainer, Stéphanie, and Matthias Schoenaerts’ tactless (but honest) 'meathead’ and some-time bare-knuckle fighter, Ali. Pre-life (and film) changing event, Stéphanie is a chat-up target for all the men (although Ali’s killer line, 'You’re dressed like a whore’ is not recommended), whilst 'single father’ Ali relies on brawn over brain in his attempts to make ends meet. Post-accident, roles are (arguably) reversed, he resplendent with glistening torso preparing to dispatch his next opponent, whilst she, struggling to come to terms with her new predicament (as potential 'club dates’ look embarrassedly askance), is a self-pitying shadow of her former self.

Audiard is, for me, one of France’s (and, arguably, the world’s) finest current crop of film-makers. From the earlier promise of 2001’s Read My Lips through his two outstanding works, 2005’s The Beat That My Heart Skipped and 2009’s A Prophet, Audiard has proved himself a master of visceral film-making delivering an emotionally-charged, intoxicating blend of sound and vision (here featuring an eclectic soundtrack including Bon Iver, Springsteen and – even – John Cooper Clarke), as well as coaxing some superb acting performances from Messrs. Cassel, Duris and Rahim. And, once again, with Rust And Bone each of Cotallard and Schoenaerts deliver excellent turns, she (particularly) as the devastated 'victim of circumstance’, thrown off-guard by Ali’s nonplussed approach to anything resembling emotion, and he (in a role tailor-made for a young(ish) Gerard Depardieu) as the irresponsible, devil-may-care, hedonist, whose 'black-market dealings’ (and lack of thought for his kindly sister and landlady) and inattentive parenting will come back to haunt him (big time).

My only reservation with Audiard’s film, which is (unfortunately) an all-pervasive one, is that the film’s 'issue’ (Stéphanie’s disability) is always (unsurprisingly) 'in the audience’s face’. And, although Audiard does a (mostly) good job at avoiding contrivance or exploitation, and Cotillard is brilliant at conveying the immensity of the resulting emotional turmoil, the 'issue’ is (for me, at least) a narrative device which tends to subsume (or obscure) all before it e.g. other character traits. That said, Rust And Bone remains another fine piece of dynamic and emotionally charged film-making from Audiard, making his next effort highly anticipated by this viewer.
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on 12 February 2014
How do we make a love story about those on the edges of society? Nick Ray knew when he made ‘They Live By Night’, remember that final heartbreaking moment when Keechie whispers “I love you”? Audiard, again, manages something we rarely see in contemporary melodramas, a sense of the truth of love, love that is a dramatic expression of overcoming. In this case we are offered , not only the transcendence of the physical, Cotillard’s marvelously realized Stephanie has lost her legs in an awful accident, but also the psychological, Schoenaerts’ Alain is disabled by a psychopathology of indifference, he almost completely lacks the ability to sympathise. Two people who struggle to make themselves whole through the relationship they forge by way of the brutality of physical competition (he is a bare knuckle fighter) and the equally brutal atmosphere of workers on the lower rungs of the slippery ladder of social mobility. There is a sharply observed subplot about the routine surveillance of the poor that allows the film to move between the specifics of the ‘family’ and economics.
Typically for Audiard, pace ‘Read My Lips’, the subtle drama of the central relationship is finely weaved through the sense of shifting sympathies. It is as though the narrative works as a kind of pull focus, we at first are drawn to one character and then to another without, and here is what lifts this film above the rest, ever resorting to simple moral judgments. With this film, and I recommend all of his movies, Audiard has proved himself to be among the great artists making cinema today. As an added bonus the soundtrack is great.
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on 9 November 2013
Utterly convincing acting throughout this film from all of the cast, not just award winning actors like Marion Cotillard but also for example the acting from Armand Verdure in the role of Sam the young son of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts). It is acted so convincingly that you could easily be watching a documentary.

The combination of acting talent and the use of CGI gives a faultless and seamless portrayal of Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard). Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts (in the leading roles of Stéphanie and Ali) act together brilliantly and the way that Ali relates in a matter-of-fact way at times, with Stéphanie is although at times not the nicest way - "your dressed like a whore" he says at one point - it is realistic.

The story progresses in a way that one can't predict, it certainly isn't the kind of film you find yourself saying that you've seen a dozen like it, you won't have!

Superb acting, story, cinematography, music - highly recommended.

The "Extras" on the DVD are: Making Of Rust And Bone; The Special Effects; Deleted Scenes; and Trailer.

Martial (Bouli Lanners) plays a pivotal role in the story. I realized I had seen him before, (a film that he and Marion Cotillard also appeared in), namely A Very Long Engagement - 1 Disc Edition [DVD] [2004]. Boule Lanners is part of the supporting cast in Rust And Bone, but what good work he did in both films and he is someone I will watch out for.

Rust And Bone has won numerous awards including Best Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay as well as many other awards.
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"Rust and Bone" is a subtle, low-key film, that is all the more touching because of the delicate handling of the material. There is no glamour at all, just a down-to-earth portrayal of normal people coping together with tough circumstances. The lead performances are faultless and believable, totally deserving the raft of awards they have received from festivals all over the world.

"Rust and Bone" is packed with beautiful cinematography. Recurring themes of sunlight, water and shadows appear throughout the film, giving many memorable shots that could easily translate to an oil painting. A lot of scenes are filmed freehand, to give an edge of realism, but I didn't find this at all distracting. In fact, there is such an air of realism to the production design and performances that at times you could be watching a documentary.

The superb special visual effects totally convinced me that Marion Cotillard had suffered a life-changing injury for the majority of the film. I don't really know how they managed to get some of these shots, but that just reinforces the achievement. It is Cotillard's brilliant physical performance that really helps us to forget that we are watching an effect and not reality.

If I had any criticism, it would be that the key event that brings the main characters together perhaps occurs too early in the film, before we get a chance to know them. It's a little hard to fully empathise with them initally, but perhaps that was the intention - since the characters don't really know eachother, neither should the audience.

Unless you prefer to avoid subtitled films (in which case you're really missing out!) I strongly recommend that you watch "Rust and Bone". You will struggle to find better acting or film-making than this, and the story will stay with you for a long time afterwards.
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French cinema isn't for everyone, and the understated emotions and long silences of Rust & Bone will infuriate viewers who are accustomed to getting everything - plot, character and emotions - handed to them on a plate. There are flaws aplenty in this film, but the quiet emotional journey is thoroughly absorbing.

Ali arrives in Antibes, young son in tow, fleeing from an unstated disaster that has left them almost destitute and scavenging for food on the train. He stays with his sister and gets a job as a bouncer, where he rescues killer-whale-trainer Stephanie from a fight and takes her home to her boyfriend. He leaves his number, expecting nothing more, but gets a call out of the blue after she suffers a work accident that leaves her legs amputated above the knee (kudos here to the CGI: I didn't recognise Marion Cotillard and genuinely believed she was an amputee). A curious love affair develops, partly through Ali's failure to realise that this is what it is, presumably because he can't imagine being in love with an 'incomplete' woman.

Ali is a curious mix of romantic simplicity and bovine obliviousness: sometimes it's hard to reconcile the man who takes the distraught Stephanie out of herself and teaches her to swim again with the man who can cheerfully go off on one-night stands with any old floozy he meets.

Flaws? His son Sam is kept in the background except when he's needed for the plot, and Stephanie vanishes for a long period near the end and surely wouldn't accept being sidelined so casually. Yet there is a perfect balance between Ali's physicality and Stephanie's reduced state, and the theme of broken people mending themselves is perfectly balanced.
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I didn't know anything about this film until I watched it apart from that the main character had an accident with a killer whale........sounds rubbish, right? Well, I am glad I watched it. This is not an entertaining film this is a dark movie about human relationships and emotions. The film is (to use the cliché) an unexpected rollercoaster of emotions. It is not easy to watch and often the characters (particularly Alain played by Matthias Shoenaerts) are quite unlikeable. Matthias Shoenaerts is an excellent actor and plays the part perfectly. Marion Cotillard is a truly wonderful actress who manages to create a character that you believe is real. The heart-breaking moment where she wakes up in hospital after her accident is so emotional. It would be easy to overplay the moment and be ridiculously dramatic however in that scene and throughout the film she plays the character with real honestly and simplicity making it believable.

I didn't notice the CGI at all and certainly did not find it distracting. Some of the lighting in the film is quite dark, particularly in internal scenes but it is setting the ambience and tone of the overall movie.

Overall I recommend this film. The plot is really interesting. It is not a film you will watch over and over but then it never sets out to be. It is more of a thought provoking and inspirational film where you can see characters overcome problems (to a certain extent) and try to adapt to a new way of life. It is real, there is no overwhelming happy ending - as is the case in the real world. This ain't no Disney film!
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This is a review of the single disc dvd edition. I had not heard of this film prior to watching it so I came to it without any expectations. I usually enjoy watching non-English films despite the extra concentration that they demand. This film makes you forget that you are reading the subtitles because the story is so compelling.
The film is beautifully shot and although in parts it is slow paced it certainly adds to the mood.
A stranger tale you will not come across - the two leads from very disparate backgrounds come together to form a most bizarre relationship that eventually leads to love. The film can be brutal and does contain a lot of nudity but theses scenes are not about titillation; they are crucial to understanding the sensitivity of the developing relationship. There are many sub-plots that come together and the scene between Alain (the male lead) and his son Sam out on the frozen lake had my wife and I in tears.
I won't go into any more scenes as I wouldn't want to spoil anything for prospective viewers but I will re-iterate that this is an unusual and compelling film and deserves a wider audience. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2015
Powerful and emotional this truly is a special movie
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