21 November 2012 8:22 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're at the time of year where we're starting to think about annual Best Of picks, and one film that's certain to crop up on multiple Playlist staff lists is "Rust & Bone," the latest film from writer-director Jacques Audiard. Having made two of the most impressive crime movies of the last decade with "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "Rust & Bone," Audiard has taken a left turn into romantic melodrama with his latest, which premiered back at Cannes in May (read our review here). The film maintains the brutality and power of the filmmaker's earlier work, but there's a tenderness to the relationship between bouncer/boxer/single father Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) and amputee killer whale trainer Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) that's more pronounced than in earlier films, not least thanks to astonishing performances from the two leads that deserve recognition come awards season. The film's been making the rounds on. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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