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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Verdure ...
Corinne Masiero ...
Jean-Michel Correia ...
Mourad Frarema ...
Yannick Choirat ...
Fred Menut ...
Le patron d'ELP Sécurité
Duncan Versteegh ...
Soigneur d'orques
Katia Chaperon ...
Soigneuse d'orques
Catherine Fa ...
Soigneuse d'orques
Andès Lopez Jabois ...
Soigneur d'orques
Océane Cartia ...
La baby-sitter


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cate Blanchett wrote an op-ed for Variety praising Marion Cotillard's performance in the film, describing it as "simply astonishing" and said that "Marion has created a character of nobility and candour, seamlessly melding herself into a world we could not have known without her". The two actresses competed for the The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) for Best Actress, Blanchett was nominated for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Cotillard for her performance in La Vie en Rose (2007). Cotillard won the Oscar. 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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Again a remarkable film by a master film maker
22 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film at the Canes Film Festival, audience expectation was high the huge Palais auditorium completely filled. Jacques Audiard is my favourite director, as with Tahir Rahim in A Prophet and Roman Duris in The Beat that my heart skipped, Audiard managed to get an astounding performance from his male lead Schoenaerts, performed as a brutal man lacking the capability to show warmth or love to his young son and the women that cross his path, his performance as a bouncer come fist fighter for money is always believable though completely unsympathetic. You wish him to succeed though you find it hard to like him so often does his character disappoint, seemingly incapable of love and sensitivity, his straight forward requests for sex come out as comic rather than charming, but his open down-to-earth approach and honesty, often gets him what he desires. Meeting Cotillard he is met and challenged by a very strong woman, damaged she needs to find herself again, he could possibly help, at least initially physically rather than emotionally. As their characters interact throughout the film I was unsure as too who would change who, fascinating highly watchable characters struggle to prevail against bad luck and to pull themselves out of the mire of despair and poverty, my kind of film. Again a remarkable film by a master film maker, completely at ease with breaking the conventions of traditional romance.

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