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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.

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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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The title "Rust and Bone", refers to the taste of blood in the mouth when, upon a blow to the face, the lips are crushed against the teeth. 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 »


[first lines]
Sam: I'm hungry. I'm hungry.
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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »


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"Riveting, anatomic and vital..."
21 October 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

French screenwriter and director Jacques Audiard's sixth feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, is based on a short story from 2005 by Canadian author Craig Davidson. It premiered In competition at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival 2012, was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and is a France-Belgium co-production which was shot on locations in France and Belgium and produced by producers Pascal Caucheteux and Martine Cassinelli. It tells the story about Ali, a Belgian boxer who goes to France with his 5-year-old son Sam to see his sister Anna who lives with her husband Richard. Anna and Richard lets them stay at their house and Richard gets Ali a job as a bouncer at a nightclub called the Annex. As Ali and his young son begins to settle in at their new residence, he meets a woman named Stéphanie.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, this fast-paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the male protagonist's point of view, draws a moving portrayal of a father's struggling relationship with his young son and his relationship with a female whale trainer who is learning to live again after a close to fatal accident. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine cinematography by French cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine, low-keyed production design by production designer Michel Barthélélemy, film editing by French film editor Juliette Welfling, use of sound and music and scenes of whales, this character-driven and narrative-driven love-story about fatherhood, commitment and interpersonal relations, depicts two entwined and compelling studies of character and contains a great and timely score by French composer Alexandre Desplat.

This charming, violent, often humorous and unusual romance which is set mostly in France in the 21st century and where the lives of a man and a woman from two different worlds are connected, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of music, cinematic expertise, scenes of whales and scenes between Ali and Sam and Ali and Stéphanie, the fine acting performance by French actress Marion Cotillard and the physical and visceral acting performance by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts of a contradicting character that is kind of similar though far more heroic than the protagonist he played in Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam's "Bullhead" (2011). A riveting, anatomic and vital action-drama which gained, among several other awards, the award for Best Film at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in 2012.

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