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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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Yannick Choirat ...
Fred Menut ...
Le patron d'ELP Sécurité
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Soigneur d'orques
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Soigneuse d'orques
Catherine Fa ...
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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.

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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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Did You Know?


The movie is based on the short stories "Rust and Bone" and "Rocket Ride" from the book "Rust and Bone" by Canadian author Craig Davidson. In the book, is a man who loses his legs after a killer whale attack, but director Jacques Audiard decided to change for a woman because he thought that already had enough men in his previous movie A Prophet (2009). 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 well-oiled piece.
16 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

In the 1994 film Forrest Gump Gary Sinese played a double amputee. He didn't actually cut off both his legs for the role (that would've been TOO extreme) but thanks to the marvel of special effects, he was able to go around in his wheelchair and even take a swim seamlessly. Now, flash forward nearly 20 years (Gosh, how time flies) and we have Marion Cotillard getting her legs bitten off by a killer whale, and the technology is even more amazing. There isn't a single scene where we're not 100% convinced she's lost her limbs, and the stakes are raised even higher when she's fitted with artificial ones. How they managed to insert this footage so completely into the movie is anyone's guess. I kind of don't want to know, as this would spoil the illusion.

Her characterisation, as a young woman who has to learn to start again after a life changing incident, is a beguiling one. It would probably be enough to carry the film by itself, but combined with Matthias Schoenaerts devil-may-care trained fighter (with a well hidden heart of gold) it becomes a great one. Their tempestuous relationship is the backbone here, and it is never less than captivating. These are two very different people; and yet they are perfect for one another... as long as both are willing to make sacrifices along the way. It is also my pleasure to report the rest of the cast are imbued with the same level of complexity as the two leads... These are REAL individuals we get to know, not dull cyphers. It all adds to a multi layered drama which is a true pleasure to watch. 7/10

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