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Rust and Bone(De rouille et d'os)

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France, Belgium · 2012
Rated R · 2h 3m
Director Jacques Audiard
Starring Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners, Céline Sallette
Genre Drama, Romance

Escaping an ugly family situation, Ali and his son, Sam, leave Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister, Anna. There Ali meets Stephanie, a killer whale trainer who, like Ali, wishes to escape a soured relationship. One fateful day, Stephanie suffers a catastrophic accident, and, instinctively, calls on Ali to help her through the repercussions.

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A tender yet heavily de-romanticized love story between a boxer with broken hands and an orca trainer with missing legs, Rust and Bone serves as an impressive if somewhat overblown exercise in contrasts.


Time Out by David Fear

Lyrical touches and the most moving use ever of Katy Perry's "Firework" almost cancel out a cheap-shot third-act tragedy, yet it's the actors that save the film from soaping itself into Euro-miserablist irrelevance.


Slant Magazine by Jesse Cataldo

It runs a complicated bait and switch on its audience, passing ostensible exploitation fodder through a high-toned prestige filter.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Writer-director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) probes the psyches of two people in crisis. His hypnotic film means to shake you, and does. Schoenaerts reveals unexpected layers in Ali. And Cotillard delivers a tour de force of unleashed emotions. She's astonishing.


Observer by Rex Reed

Proving again that her Best Actress Academy Award for playing Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose" was no fluke, the marvellously sensual Marion Cotillard, with her wounded doe eyes and look of permanent unfulfilled longing, delivers another kidney punch as a double amputee in love with an illegal bare-knuckle fighter in the French shocker Rust and Bone.


Time by Richard Corliss

Sometimes engrossing, sometimes exasperating romance. In these scenes, Cotillard shows she doesn't need the validation of Cannes or the Academy. Her strong, subtle performance is gloriously winning on its own.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Absorbing if somewhat predictable in its dramatic trajectory, Jacques Audiard's follow-up to his powerhouse prison yarn "A Prophet" benefits from unvarnished, forthright performances from Marion Cotillard and Bullhead hunk Matthias Schoenaerts, as well as from the utterly convincing representation of the former's paraplegic state.

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