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Contemporary French cinema is noted for producing stylish thrillers, equally stylish rom-coms and the occasional hard-hitting social drama; "Rust and Bone" pretty much falls into the latter category.
In the 57 min. "making of" documentary, director Jacques Audiard describes the film as "gritty melodrama", which is as good a classification as any; Stéphanie and Ali are two individuals with little in common who meet due to a fracas in a dance club and go on to form a seemingly unlikely relationship after Stéphanie suffers an horrific accident. Neither character is particularly likeable, both are selfish, flawed to a degree, but each has their good points. The realism of their predicaments, the naturalism of the cinematic style and the powerful realisation of the storyline make this a raw, but absolutely absorbing experience. Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts both deliver assured performances with the support of a strong and believable cast.
The photography is beautiful and it is visually quite lyrical - consider the scene of Stéphanie`s re-uniting with the whale about half-way through - though you`ll remember it chiefly for the brutality of the fight scenes. If it has a central message it is probably hinted at by the use of Katy Perry's song "Firework" several times in the soundtrack - for such a potentially grim, tragic premise the film is actually quite optimistic and moving.
Taken on its own merits, this is a tough but rewarding, emotionally effective piece of drama, very recommendable - as long as you understand that it isn't going to be an easy watch.