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Rust and Bone (2012)
"De rouille et d'os" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 May 2012 (France)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.



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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 May 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Rust and Bone  »

Box Office


€15,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,154 (USA) (21 November 2012)


$2,061,449 (USA) (29 March 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Marion Cotillard is an environmental activist and unabashed animal lover and has been a spokeswoman for Greenpeace. The idea of a movie where whales are kept captive in tanks for the amusement of the public was against everything she stood for. Cotillard said she forgot all about the conversation until she was cast in "Rust and Bone" - a job she accepted because of Jacques Audiard, and because Stéphanie was an intriguing mystery - and she had a scene with the orcas kept at Marineland Antibes, in the south of France. Then it came back to her. "It's me now in this sea land that I hate so much. But then I met the trainers and I met the animals and I finally considered them as animals and not as freaks, I mean as poor animals turned into freaks by human beings. So, yeah, I had to do the job, but I will never go back to a Marineland. I respect the trainers, but I don't understand how you put such an animal in a swimming pool. It's beyond understanding." See more »


When Ali first carries Stephanie to swim in the sea, as he lifts her off the sun lounger, the actress's real legs cast a shadow. See more »


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A Masterpiece, a must-see
12 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Amazing movie! Marion Cotillard is just breathtaking. I still can't believe how beautiful this movie is. The cinematography is just stunning and the score is beautiful. The performances are incredibly powerful and real. Marion Cotillard is able to speak without saying a word and that something extremely rare! She is so expressive you can feel her pain. I think it really touched me because the movie is really real, this story seems to be able to happened to anybody and that's Audiard force. His writing skills are just amazing. Marion should get an Oscar for a performance of this magnitude.I believe she will soon become Hollywood favorite. The way she invest herself in each role she takes is an example for any actress.

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