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

 -  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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Soigneur d'orques
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Océane Cartia ...
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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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Rated R for strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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€15,400,000 (estimated)

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

Gross:

$2,061,449 (USA) (29 March 2013)
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After her first swim, Stephanie is seen dancing in her wheelchair to the song "Love Shack" by the B-52s. This song includes the line "I got me a car, it's as big as a whale" although this is not heard during the movie. See more »

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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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difficult and charming, brutal and beautiful, melancholic and humorous throughout, exactly when and where it needs to be
4 December 2012 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Rust and Bone is new film by Jacques Audiard known largely for his breakout success A Prophet and concerns the burgeoning relationship between whale trainer Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) and street fighter Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts).

If you can avoid it, it's probably best to avoid much of the plot, but given it's been fairly publicised this is fairly difficult, but this is a film that deals with disability, image and to some extent, class.

It's been mentioned a lot, but what's really wonderful about this film is it's complete sidestepping of exaggerated sentimentality it could so easily fall prey to.

In the wrong hands, this could be a feel-good, motivational tale of a disabled person overcoming their hardships and finding love and personal confidence with a emotionally crippled partner who learns to overcome his own shortcomings in a fantastical fairy-tale rather like another rather successful French film that was released earlier this year.

In all honesty too, what I just described isn't completely far-off the narrative arc in Rust and Bone.

The way the film handles its characters' emotionally however is so much more satisfying due, partly to the brilliant performances by both Cotillard and Schoenaert, but also in Audiard's writing and direction.

After all, Rust and Bone is a feel-good tale eventually, but it takes a really long time to get there and doesn't revel in it.

The two leads do overcome their physical and emotional traumas through their relationship but it is a slow process of recovery, one that is instantly recognisable in every day life.

For a film with such a potentially over-the-top synopsis, it does incredibly well to stay focused on this small set of characters it presents us as believable and relate-able figures.

It poses some fascinating questions; is street fighting really any more or less cruel than training beautiful orcas to perform tricks for our pleasure? Why do this father and son move in the first place? We only have to assume that whatever was going on before the narrative was worse than what is happening on screen.

What was Stephanie like before her accident? And, like in Beasts of the Southern Wild, is being tough with your child sometimes necessary? These questions leave the film open, even though the main narrative is fairly straightforward.

All in all, the sheer range of emotions this film produces is testament to it's strength.

It is difficult and charming, brutal and beautiful, melancholic and humorous throughout, exactly when and where it needs to be.

My only real criticism is that the narrative dips a tiny bit in the third act, once the central relationship is finally consummated (which again, takes along time and initially is very matter-of-fact in a suitably amusing scene), the narrative begins to drag its heels a tiny bit, as the film seems to completely forget about Ali's son (though his character seems to for a bit as well) but the final coda remains to avoid sentimentality in an excellent closing few scenes.

The cinematography and soundtrack are pretty beautiful too, completing a fantastic triumph of an understated film. www.ravechild.co.uk


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