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"De Rouille et D'os" (English title: "Rust and Bone"; 115 min.) is a 2012 French-Belgian co-production that was first released at the 2012 Cannes film festival. The movie is directed by Jacques Audiar, the guy who brought us the excellent "The Prophet" movie a few years ago. The movie stars Belgian actor Matthias Schoenarts as Ali, who along with his 5 yr. old son, and down on his luck, is moving in with his sister and her husband in Antibes (Southern France). Ali is the muscular type, and he finds a job as a bouncer in a local night club, where he eventually meets Stephanie (played by Marion Cotillard). Stephanie works as a killer whale trainer at the local waterpark. Stephanie is, like Ali, a strong-willed person and their relationship is not an easy one. Then one day Stephanie gets involved in a horrible accident at work, losing both her legs. To say that this throws her world upside down would be the understatement of the year. It also has immediate consequences on her relationship with Ali. At this point we're not even half-way through the movie, and to give more away about the plot would really ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Let me tell you, this is one heck of a movie. Not always easy viewing, but it kept my attention fromn start to finish. Schoenarts, after his leading role in last year's Oscar-nominated "Bull's Head", confirms with this commanding, physical, and at times startling, performance that he is one of the most promising up-and-coming actors, and I am quite certain it won't be much longer before Hollywood comes knocking on his door. The performance of Marion Cotillard (who won a Best Actress Oscar a few years ago for her portrayal of Edith Piaf) has equally been gathering major buzz, although I found the CGI a bit off-putting. But nobody can contest that these two play out a challenging relationship on screen in a very believable and engaging (if sometimes nerve-wrecking) manner. I found myself at times almost shocked, but then also very moved, as the relationshiop between Ali and Stephanie plays out.

This movie was a box-office smash in several European markets (it was playing in its 15th week in Belgium when I saw it there in late August). This movie is MILES away from your standard Hollywood action fare, or relationship fare for that matter. But if you are in the mood for a top quality foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "Rust and Bone" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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VINE VOICEon December 29, 2012
I'm writing this review in defense of 'Rust and Bone' after seeing EW's Owen Gleiberman pick it as one of his "Worst Movies of 2012." Granted, this latest offering from French director Jacques Audiard doesn't measure up to A Prophet (Un proph?te), but that's like taking Francis Ford Coppola to task for not matching the greatness of 'The Godfather' (no, that's not sacrilege: 'A Prophet' is that good).

Gleiberman gripes that star Marion Cotillard is "forced to flail and mood-swing from scene to scene [and] (i)n an insult to the disabled, there is never much to her but her hellacious injury."

I'm wondering what movie he saw. What we saw was what we thought was a very realistic depiction of the trauma and long period of despair that someone involved in a catastrophic injury of this nature would endure. Far from there being "never much to her but her hellacious injury," Cotillard's character does, to the contrary, get light back in her life through the most unlikeliest of sources: Matthias Schoenaerts' brawling, "operational" (see the movie) Alain. Witness her smile-filled reunion with her erstwhile workmates at their SeaWorld-like employer or her obvious delight at being thrust into a managerial role at Alain's unsanctioned backstreet brawls.

Call this also a defense of Audiard, who I believe is the world's best director (and a personal favorite along with Israel's Eran Riklis and Eytan Fox). Audiard has released four brilliant movies:

Read My Lips (2001) - A brawling, magnetic Vincent Cassel and beguiling Emmanuelle Devos (note: it's a state law to use the word 'beguiling' with Ms. Devos)

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) - A brawling, magnetic Romain Duris raises holy h-ll as part of a crew doing ugly business for property owners while battling the other side of personality (the part that stifles a talent with classical piano). Niels Arestrup and his piercing eyes are brilliant as Duris' father

A Prophet (see link above) (2009) - Indescribably good. This and The Lives of Others and 1a and 1b (and, on other days, 1b and 1a) on my personal list. The tension leading up to Malik and Reyeb's prison encounter might make you hyperventilate (when we saw it in the theater, two people in front of us couldn't take the pressure and fled). Niels Arestrup shows up again here. Again, he's brilliant.

Audiard's films aren't about the gauzy, love-filled Paris streets of grandes écoles graduates. They're about the gritty underbelly of France - the immigrants, the dispossessed, the laborers, the street-educated. Every minute you spend watching his work rewards you with fascination and knowledge.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 23, 2013
Alain is taking his son from Belgium to Antibes to live with his sister. Once there he gets a job as a door guard at a night club, and one evening he comes to the aid of a lady in distress. That lady is Stephanie played brilliantly by Marion Cottillard (`Contagion' and `La vie en rose'). Stephanie is an Orca trainer or killer whale trainer as we used to call these beautiful creatures. She suffers an irreversible accident whilst at work and understandably falls off the radar and becomes a virtual recluse.

Then she calls up Alain and asks him to visit her as it was clear from the start that there was a spark. He duly obliges and a new relationship blossoms, however he needs some ready cash and turns to bare knuckle fist fights to make up the short fall. What develops is a deeply engrossing and engaging tale of a journey towards each other for the two main players.

This is a film by Jacques' Audiard (`A Prophet' and `The Beat My Heart Skipped') and he took his inspiration from two short stories by Canadian author Craig Davison, `Rust and Bone' and `Rocket Ride'). He has made a wonderful film which has iconic shots subtle camera work and at its centre a fiercely strong performance from Cottillard that had me gripped from the very beginning. The shots of the whales are just amazing and whilst I don't agree with such beautiful animals being held in captivity, I understand their place in this story.

There is so much in this film that if you blink you will miss something. The music is great too everything from John Cooper Clark, the B 52's and Lykke Li. This is in French with really good sub titles. This got a fair run in cinemas too and I wish I had seen it on the big screen but seeing it is the main point, one of my friends said that it was hard work getting through some of the more painful scenes but that all the `effort' was well and truly rewarded, I can only highly recommend.
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From Jacques Audiard, the director of "A Prophet: and "Read My Lips" comes the award winning French-Belgium film "De rouuille et `dos" ("Rust and Bone").

Receiving positive reviews worldwide, "Rust and Bone" would star Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard ("La vie en rose", "Inception", "The Dark Knight Rises", "Contagion") and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Bullhead", Black Book", "Loft").

VIDEO:

"Rust and Bone" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). The film looks fantastic as the outdoor scenes are colorful and vibrant, close-ups are full of detail, skin tones look natural, black levels are nice and deep. The film looks fantastic on Blu-ray and the visual effects and how they are able to make Marion Cotillard without any legs was fantastic. I didn't notice any artifacts or aliasing, picture quality for the film is nicely saturated and looks fantastic on Blu-ray.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Rust and Bone" is presented in French 5.1 DTS-HD MA. The film is primarily a dialogue and music driven film but while the film is primarily center and front-channel driven, there are moments where ambiance is used for the surround channels. Primarily crowd ambiance or Katy Perry's "Fireworks" being played, for a film such as "Rust and Bone", the lossless soundtrack is very good and appropriate. I didn't notice any problems with the audio during my viewing of the film.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"Rust and Bone" come with the following special features:

Audio Commentary - Commentary with Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
Making of Rust and Bone - (59:57) A one hour documentary on the making of "Rust and Bone" directed by Byantonin Peretjatko.
VFX Breakdown by Mikros - (2:25) A short before and after visual effects feature on the use of green screen technology and visual effects for "Rust and Bone".
On the Red Carpet: Toronto Film Festival - (2:53) Interviews with the cast and crew on the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Deleted Scenes - (6:45) Six deleted scenes with optional commentary
Theatrical Trailer - (1:59) The original theatrical trailer for "Rust and Bone".

JUDGMENT CALL:

With each film that I have seen from director Jacques Audiard, what I love about the films is how fresh and different they are from Hollywood films.

From his last film "Un prophete" which I found to be amazing, his latest film "Rust and Bone" was a pleasant surprise.

From the trailer to the opening moments of the film, the first thing that was going in my mind was, "oh great, another thug film with a beautiful woman falling for him". But also saying to myself that Audiard is not known for banality, he knows how to switch things up for the viewers and surprise them.

So, while the film does start off with a guy who looked as if he came from trouble and has a child joining him, the film is about a man who wants to get his son away from the trouble that the child's mother was involved in. Ali is unemployed but he doesn't want his son to be drug runner at the age of five, so, he moves with the kid to stay with his sister Anne.

Anne is not in the best financial shape but she is at least caring for her brother and her nephew but also emphasizes to him that the boy is his responsibility. We see how Ali tries to get a good job to help raise his child but he's not exactly a father figure. He neglects his son as he puts job, his passion for kickboxing/fighting and having sex with women as more of a priority.

Meanwhile, we are introduced to a beautiful woman named Stephanie who is a whale trainer at the marine aquarium. But after being chomped on by one of her whales that mistakes her legs as food, she now must move forward with her life with her disability. But like any person who had legs one day and their whole life altered after losing them, we see Stephanie going through the motions of depression, isolation and not wanting to hear pity stores from family and friends, the only person she doesn't know that she wants to talk to is Ali. The guy she met once at the club.

But Ali, turns out to be a cool guy by taking her out to the beach, to get out of her shell and try to enjoy life once again. But most importantly, Ali is there to not pity her but treat her like a normal human being, even offering to have sex with her, to help her know if she still has desires and can still be a sexual woman.

The two develop this friendship built upon their boody call but it's when Ali lets her into his world of fighting and seeing how she supports him and how she accepts his son Sam and also his living conditions with no criticism, he eventually begins to war up to her.

But with dreams to be a fighter and a woman who wants more from their "friendship", is Ali ready to settle down? And will he come through for the people he matters most, especially his son, Sam.

Part of the film's efficacy is the magnificent performance by Marion Cotillard. I don't think I have seen one bad performance from the actress and in "Rust and Bone", she is fantastic! From playing a woman that is happy, depressed, sad, angry and just a full spectrum of emotions that are displayed on screen, Jacques Audiard hit casting gold with Cotillard and it's this performance that made this film much more enjoyable.

The visual effects for the film was also fantastic and how they were able to capture Cotillard as a person without legs and make the film look so realistic was great.

As for the Blu-ray release, "Rust and Bone" looks amazing on Blu-ray. Colors are vibrant, especially the outdoor scenes. Closeups show plenty of detail and the visual effects were done to perfection and Cotillard looked as if she didn't have any legs. Audio quality is primarily dialogue driven, with the Katy Perry "Fireworks" song and crowd ambiance used for the surround channels to be the most utilized segments of the film's lossless track. But dialogue and music is crystal clear.

Overall, "Rust and Bone" is yet another unique, fresh and wonderful Jacques Audiard film. An unpredictable, non-banal storyline in which Marion Cotillard absolutely shines in this film! Highly recommended!
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on March 14, 2013
There are movies that will bore you and there are movies that will shock you to your core.
''Rust and Bones'' belongs to the second category.
Even though the plot flirts with familiar territory it does so in a way that is still memmorable to you.
Everyone makes poor choices until you meet that someone who will inspire you to beat the odds and rise above, and that is what happens to Ali when he meets Stephanie.
Though Stephanie is scarred physically and has to come to terms with her new way of life, Ali is scarred emotionally and he deals with it through causing pain to others.
In a way they complement each other, drawing power from each other's slowly recuperating mental inabilities.
I really loved how Ali handled seeing Stephanie for the first time after the accident and of his lack of inhibitions over her current situation.
It is an unquestionably harsh movie that takes you through the grieving process of one's loses and what it takes to set your soul alight once again.
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Warning: May Contain Spoilers

Films that linger in that disrupted corner of the psyche are rare and writer/director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Read My Lips) has that rare ability to create a strange but believable encounter and develop that into a relationship so unique and yet so seemingly mundane that he jars his audience, leaving them with a more acute vision of our needs as human beings. RUST AND BONE is based on a strange story by Craig Davidson and Audiard along with Thomas Bidegain transformed this touching love tale into an unusually moving and beautiful film.

Ali (the strikingly handsome and talented Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts) in his mid 20's, an unemployed father to a young son, Sam (Armand Verdure) travels on a metro gathering scraps of discarded food for sustenance and arrives in Antibes, southern France to look for work. The father son duo crash with Ali's sister Anna (Corinne Masiero) who already has her own share of problems with money and temporary employment. Ali gets a job as a bouncer in a night club but maintains his passion for kick boxing. One evening in the nightclub where he works, Ali meets Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard) and escorts her safely to her home after she is injured in a brawl at the club. Stéphanie works at a marine tourist park training Orca whale's where she suffers a tragic accident during a show and wakes up in the hospital to realize that her legs have been amputated. Ali meets a guy at work who informs him about a kick boxing game where he can make money and enjoy his sport. Stéphanie, now in a wheelchair, is terminally depressed and gives Ali a call. Ali visits her and takes her to a beach where they swim. Over a period of time, Ali and Stéphanie spend a lot of time together and get involved in casual sex `on call', while Ali hooks up with other women as well, being honest about it with Stéphanie. Stéphanie starts to accompany Ali to the kick boxing matches and a symbiosis forms between both of them. Stéphanie regains self esteem in Ali's company and gets artificial limbs. She starts to walk again and even manages Ali's bets for kick boxing. Ali, Stéphanie and some friends visit the same night club where Ali used to work. Ali goes to the dance floor and flirts with a girl as Stéphanie watches curiously. Ali goes away with the girl leaving a dejected Stéphanie with other friends. Anna is fired from her job as the higher management comes to know of her taking home the expired food products. Anna blames Ali for this as Ali was involved in an odd job where he installed spy cameras in work areas at the direction of the management to spy on the activities of their employees. This results in a standoff between Ali and Anna's partner and Ali leaves. Sam stays with Anna while Ali goes to a training facility for kick boxers in a distant place and loses touch with Stéphanie. Sam visits Ali at his facility for a day and both are shown playing on a frozen lake. A weak spot on the frozen lake cracks and Sam falls into the lake, loses consciousness and floats on. Once Ali realizes Sam is missing and spots him under the frozen lake, Ali breaks his hands with his beating the ice to free the unconscious Sam. Sam survives and in the hospital Ali breaks down while talking to Stéphanie on the phone and confesses his love for her after realizing that he had been cold and insensitive to her all this time. As the film closes, Ali is shown to have gone professional in kick-boxing as Sam and Stephanie stand by him in what looks like a post-fight victory ceremony.

The film is enhanced by Alexandre Desplat's sensitive musical score and the cinematography, especially in the fight scenes, by Stéphane Fontaine is exemplary. But it is the powerful performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts that bring this impossibly fragile film to a new height of cinematic brilliance. This is a film to see repeatedly and to purchase for your personal library of exceptional films. Grady Harp, March 13
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on April 12, 2013
This film is so visceral and searing that, at times, I ripped the headphones away from my head and shielded my eyes. It's incredible. Cotillard's performance is on a whole other level -- think De Niro. Like the films of Gaspar Noe and Darren Aronofsky, this is a film that will be too painful to watch -- but will stay with you for days or longer. Truly moving.
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on May 4, 2013
I liked this movie! It is very dark in many ways but I found it interesting. The best thing is it ends well. Not a typical love story in fact it's very different but then most foreign movies are. I am not sure why the lead actor had to be such a screw up. But you grow to like him in the end. I don't want to go into specifics but following the lives of the two main characters is really interesting. It does show how sometimes the littlest thing can be of such a major consequence and the outcome is sometimes unexpected. Marion Cotillard is outstanding and this movie is well worth it. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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on April 18, 2016
I own and watched a lot of moives, I mean a lot. I own blurays and dvd about 4,000 so far. And among them, this is the most strange and unique love story I've ever seen.
I know the director well from his other movies and all of his movis are very unique and well made. He has his true color and it is always so pleasant seeing his new movies.
My personal best is <READ MY LIPS> but all of his other movies like <The Beat that my Heat Skipped> or <A Self Made Hero> are all so great.
The only movie that I don't love that much was <A ProPhet> because of it's documentary like feeling.
This movie is about a woman Marion Cotillard who is working as a Whale trainer. But one day she had an accident and she had to cut her both legs. Before that, she meets this man who is having a humble life with his son and his sister. His work is humble but he fights as a amatur kickboxer from time to time.
When both met at a bar, the man (Matthias Schoenaerts) had a small injury in his hand because Marion had a small quarrel with another man and he wanted to help her and end up with a small fight. She brought him to her house and took care of him. At that time Marion had a boyfriend and the boyfriend didn't liked her bringing that man at home.

A few days later she had that terrible accident. Then she thought about Matthias Schoenaerts and called him.
He helped her from time to time as a friend. I think from the very beginning he got an eye on her.
One day he suggested her that she might have lost the desire of sex and she should try sex just to make sure it is still working.
He make time to have sex with her.
From then on, they have sex together from time to time. They become a sex buddy.
But not only that. Whenever Matthias Schoenaerts have a fighting schedule she goes there and watch it too.
One day when his manager is busy, she becomes the manager. She had this arrificial legs and stuff so she can walk by then.

Slowly she asks for what the relationship it about when Matthias Schoenaerts goes out with another girl in front of Marion when they all celebrate at a bar when he won the fight. He just said we are sex buddies.

Then one day Matthias' son had an accident. He fell into the thin iced water and just closed to death. The father Matthias was really afraid and paniced. At that time he thought about Marion and called her and said I LOVE YOU.

The story is not that complicated just like his other movies but
1. It is a unique way of acieving love.
2. So real exposing the cutten two legs -I think it is CGI showing the cutten leg part.
3. It is absoutley so sensual not even showing the whole sex shots.

It is a truely well made movie you should check it out.
This is not a rare movie to access.
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on February 23, 2015
Excellently made, indeed extraordinary. This is a movie beyond survival. This is about getting out of your comfort zone because you've to do so, because your life has changed (everything about it has changed). Thus you've a choice: Are you a victim? Are you a fighter? Take your pick, up to you -- up to YOU! I could go on and on ... but I'm not going to tell you all about it because that wouldn't be nice. If you're into French movies -- independent style (independent of Hollywood's "whistles" and "pumps") -- then this may be your movie. To my likes, I find it to be a keeper!
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