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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
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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
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
Stanislas Thuret .... third assistant director: alpes
Art Department
Jean-Luc Fouvet .... carpenter
Matthieu Genin .... set dresser
Benoit Godde .... graphic designer
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Michel Rollant .... buyer
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
Damien Hurgon .... senior digital compositor
Haillot Julien .... lighting/shading
Marie Maulet .... digital compositor
Julien Meesters .... head of visual effects studio
Guillaume Pondard .... visual effects
Loïc Poës .... visual effects coordinator
Sebastien Rame .... digital compositor
Nicolas Rey .... on set computer graphics supervisor
Laureline Silan .... digital compositor
Thibert Stephane .... CG supervisor
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
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
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
Isabelle Pannetier .... costume supervisor
Paulette Ribot .... costumer
Editorial Department
Caíque de Souza .... conform editor
Emmanuel Fortin .... colorist: dailies
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
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
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Stephane Martel .... set production assistant
Eimhear McMahon .... production: UK
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?

To prepare for the role, Marion Cotillard took swimming lessons and spent a week at Marineland to learn how to direct whales.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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Movie Connections:
References The Night of the Hunter (1955)See more »
All the Days I've Missed You (Ilaij I)See more »


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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Two actors make a good film a fantastic one, 17 November 2012
Author: Jafar Iqbal from United Kingdom

There's a moment towards the end of Rust And Bone when something awful happens, and we are about to witness the ultimate tragedy. For that couple of minutes, the rest of the movie becomes irrelevant; we are just totally immersed in this act playing out. It's a brutal but wonderful sequence and, fortunately, it's not the first time we have such a scene in the movie. That's pretty much what Rust And Bone is: a series of wonderfully brutal sequences.

The movie deals with the relationship between two fragile individuals from opposite ends of life. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is trying to be a better father and a better man; Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) is trying to rebuild her shattered life after a horrific accident. Their need for each other grows drastically, but their real lives threaten to get in the way.

As far as story lines go, this isn't anything overly special. It's the kind of kitchen sink drama that we've seen Ken Loach and Mike Leigh do for ages. Fragile characters, broken homes, comedy out of tragedy, it's the usual stuff. Only difference here is that we're seeing it all play out in France, with French people speaking French and doing French things. But frankly, nothing is original these days; what matters more is the execution.

And what sets Rust And Bone apart from other similarly-themed movies is the execution. Working class France is shot brilliantly, looking gorgeous and despairing all at the same time. The special effects are top-notch, and there is a somewhat jarring quality to the editing that really works.

But what you really need to see this film for is Cotillard and Schoenaerts. I was trying to decide who I thought was the better actor in the film, but it's impossible to choose. They are both fantastic. I've never seen Matthias Schoenaerts before, but the guy is amazing. He manages to juggle pain and deadpan humour simultaneously, which is quite an achievement. Cotillard, meanwhile, is the usual perfect self that she is. Such an expressive face, and she's able to make even the hokiest of lines come off natural and genuine. I really didn't like her in The Dark Knight Rises but, clearly, she's at her best when she's speaking her natural language. They are what make these sequences brutal and wonderful, through their chemistry and ability to suck the audience in.

The rest of the film is scattered with great supporting cast performances, especially Armand Verdure as Ali's son Sam. The young boy is a joy to watch, and can be added to that ever-growing list of strong pre-teen child actors.

I'm pretty sure Rust And Bone has won a few awards, and deservedly so. It's amazing to watch, just because it's so fun to see brilliant performances. Like I said before, the story itself isn't probably that amazing. It's been done before; but it's done in such a way here, with those two central performances, that it feels fresh and original. You really should check it out.

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