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Rust and Bone (2012) More at IMDbPro »De rouille et d'os (original title)

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Rust and Bone -- RUST AND BONE is an extraordinary story of survival and salvation from the acclaimed, award-winning director of A Prophet.
Rust and Bone -- Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
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Jacques Audiard (screenplay)
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17 May 2012 (Belgium) See more »
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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marion Cotillard ... Stéphanie

Matthias Schoenaerts ... Alain van Versch
Armand Verdure ... Sam

Céline Sallette ... Louise
Corinne Masiero ... Anna

Bouli Lanners ... Martial
Jean-Michel Correia ... Richard
Mourad Frarema ... Foued
Yannick Choirat ... Simon
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

Françoise Michaud ... La mère de Stéphanie
Irina Coito ... La prof d'aérobic
David Billaud ... Le maître-chien
Fabien L'Allain ... Le prothésiste
Fabien Baïardi ... Le dragueur dans la boîte
Laetitia Malbranque ... La femme du supermarché
Soulyane Rajraji ... Le délégué syndical du supermarché
Pascal Rozand ... Le concessionnaire
Hedi Touihri ... Le chef sécurité du supermarché
Nathalie Millar ... La collègue d'Anna
Anne-Marie Tomat ... L'infirmière de l'hôpital près du lac

Directed by
Jacques Audiard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Audiard  screenplay
Thomas Bidegain  screenplay
Craig Davidson  story

Produced by
Jacques Audiard .... producer
Martine Cassinelli .... producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Jean-Pierre Dardenne .... co-producer
Luc Dardenne .... co-producer
Antonin Dedet .... line producer
Annemie Degryse .... co-producer
Alix Raynaud .... co-producer
Grégoire Sorlat .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Fontaine 
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
Casting by
Mohamed Belhamar 
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Michel Barthélémy 
Art Direction by
Yann Megard 
Set Decoration by
Boris Piot 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
Makeup Department
Catherine Ichou .... additional makeup artist
Pascal Larue .... special makeup effects artist
Frédérique Ney .... key makeup artist
Alice Robert .... makeup artist
Myriam Roger .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Emmanuel Comte .... assistant unit manager
Capucine Grelardon .... assistant unit manager
Philippe Groff .... unit production manager: Belgium
Ilana Schouver .... assistant unit manager
Jonathan Slimak .... assistant unit manager
Augustin Werkoff .... unit manager
Sébastien Zsidaí .... trainee location manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Euric Allaire .... first assistant director
Aurélien Fauchet .... second assistant director
Alexandra Gayzal .... second assistant director: Belgium, Alpes
Serge Onteniente .... second unit director (as Serge Boutleroff)
Cyrille Pailles .... second second assistant director
Hugo Rousselin .... assistant director
Stanislas Thuret .... third assistant director: alpes
Art Department
Jean-Luc Fouvet .... carpenter
Matthieu Genin .... set dresser
Benoit Godde .... graphic designer
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Boris Piot .... set dresser
Michel Rollant .... buyer
Martinus Van Lunen .... construction coordinator
François Willenz .... digital artist
Sound Department
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer
Marc Doisne .... adr recordist
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Sabrina Felgueiras .... assistant sound editor
Philippe Fontaine .... sound assistant
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle .... sound effects editor
Florent Lavallée .... adr foley recordist
Léo Lepage .... foley recording assistant
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Johann Nallet .... foley mixer
Johann Nallet .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Avril Noviant .... boom operator (segment)
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Caroline Reynaud .... dialogue editor
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound
Pascal Villard .... supervising sound editor
David Vranken .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Christophe Ballu .... special effects assistant
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Cyril Hipaux .... special effects makeup
Olivier Marais .... special effects
Julien Poncet de la Grave .... special effects supervisor
Erwan Simon .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Béatrice Bauwens .... visual effects producer
Barthelemy Beaux .... digital compositor
Jean-Bastien Bellot .... digital compositor
Olivier Blanchet .... senior digital compositor
Nicolas Borens .... digital compositor
Lucie Bories .... digital compositor
Gaëlle Bossis .... digital compositor
Loïc Caer .... digital compositor
Marie Castrie .... vfx production manager
Damien Climent .... visual effects artist
Christophe Dehaene .... digital compositor
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Cédric Fayolle .... visual effects supervisor
Anthony Fristot .... effects technical director
Philippe Frère .... lead digital compositor
Julies Haillot .... lighting/shading (as Haillot Julien)
Damien Hurgon .... senior digital compositor
Marie Maulet .... digital compositor
Julien Meesters .... head of visual effects studio
Julien Pernes .... cg supervisor
Guillaume Pondard .... visual effects
Loïc Poës .... visual effects coordinator
Sebastien Rame .... digital compositor
Nicolas Rey .... on set computer graphics supervisor
Laureline Silan .... digital compositor
Stephane Thibert .... CG supervisor (as Thibert Stephane)
Lorenzo Veracini .... matchmove artist
Eddy Benguedih .... stunt performer
Serge Crozon-Cazin .... stunt performer
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... stunt driver
Mathieu Dubois .... stunt performer
Yves Girard .... assistant stunt coordinator
Clément Huet .... stunt performer
Ibrahima Keita .... stunt performer
Jean-François Lenogue .... stunt performer
Gregory Loffredo .... stunt performer
Alex Martin .... stunt performer
Laurent Mulot .... stunt driver
Ilya Nikitenko .... stunt performer
Louis-Marie Nyee .... stunt performer
Olivier Schneider .... stunt coordinator/fight choreographer
Santi Sudaros .... sport trainer
Eric Tatin .... stunt performer
Sebastien Vandenberghe .... stunt performer (as Sébastien Vandenberghe)
Patrick Vo .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Eric Blanckaert .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chloe Blondeau .... second assistant camera
Yann Catinaud .... trainee electrician
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Stéphane Chollet .... Steadicam operator
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
François Gallet .... second assistant camera
Carole Gargam .... assistant camera
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Sebastien Guerrieri .... video tape operator
Mathieu Le Bothlan .... first assistant camera
Sophie Lemaire .... Underwater first assistant camera
Jonathan Ly .... additional grip
Charlotte Marchal .... additional assistant camera: Belgium
XD motion .... gyro-stabilized head
Sébastien Plessis .... electrician
Giovanni Quéné .... grip
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Sebastien Tran-Loustau .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Laurent Van Eijs .... electrician
François Vigon .... underwater camera assistant
Jean Volont .... additional grip
Thomas Collignon .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mohamed Belhamar .... extras casting
Sandra Durando .... casting assistant
Justine Léocadie .... casting: children
Juliette Mabille .... extras casting
Boris Vassallo .... casting
Boris Vassallo .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elfie Carlier .... costumer
Lucie Durand .... wardrobe assistant
Olivia Lahougue .... wardrobe
Valerie Le Roy .... costumer: belgian crew
Isabelle Pannetier .... costume supervisor
Paulette Ribot .... costumer
Editorial Department
Caíque de Souza .... conform editor
François Dupuy .... technical manager: digimage
Emmanuel Fortin .... colorist: dailies
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Mathieu Liron .... digital lab operator
Géraldine Mangenot .... assistant editor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Audrey Samson .... digital lab operator
Music Department
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator
Nicolas Charron .... orchestrator
Thomas Dappelo .... music recording engineer
Thomas Dappelo .... music scoring mixer
Evgueni Galperine .... composer: additional music
Frédéric Junqua .... music supervisor
Sylvain Morizet .... orchestrator
Ludovick Tartavel .... scoring protools engineer
Ludovick Tartavel .... second scoring engineer
Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen .... orchestrator
Other crew
Lauren Dark .... production: UK
Fred Grivois .... title designer
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Stéphane Martel .... set production assistant (as Stephane Martel)
Eimhear McMahon .... production: UK
Baptiste Neuville .... production assistant
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel .... location scout
Caroline Ruelle .... location scout
Julien Selak .... post-production coordinator: Digimage Cinéma
Nathalie Vierny .... script supervisor
Kaspar Vogler .... script supervisor assistant
Bruce Springsteen .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"De rouille et d'os" - France (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, some violence and language
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The most emotional scene for Marion Cotillard was the scene after Stéphanie makes love to Ali for the first time. Cotillard explained that she felt something that she had never felt before, she felt very moved by her character because she was going to live something very special and she was very happy for her.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
difficult and charming, brutal and beautiful, melancholic and humorous throughout, exactly when and where it needs to be, 4 December 2012
Author: Rave Child from Glasgow, Scotland

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.

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