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Jacques Audiard (screenplay)
Thomas Bidegain (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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 »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 22 wins & 36 nominations See more »
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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
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
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
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
Mangenot Géraldine .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
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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During an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), Marion Cotillard said that during the shoot in the sea, the camera had a problem and took a long time to fix, so she had to wait in the cold water and was stung by a jellyfish.See more »
[first lines]
Sam:I'm hungry. I'm hungry.
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Healing in the midst of the brokenness of it all, 26 March 2013
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador

¨What have you done with my legs? ¨

Forget about Amour, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, or A Royal Affair; the best foreign films of 2012 came from France. The first was The Intouchables, about a quadriplegic millionaire who hires the help of a young man from the projects, while Rust and Bone centers around another unlikely relationship between a killer whale trainer and a boxer. These two were my favorite foreign films by far, and I especially enjoyed this one because I am a huge fan of director Jacques Audiard who in 2009 directed the Oscar nominated A Prophet. That film was much more suspenseful as it centered on a prisoner who manages to survive inside a corrupted prison system. This time, Audiard focuses on a dramatic romantic story between two tortured souls who truly learn to live after they have suffered severe physical injuries. More than a character study, this film is a soul study as the two lead characters find healing under extremely rare circumstances. We are introduced to these characters in a very realistic manner. These people are afflicted in some way or another; they aren't your usual likable lead characters; they are deeply flawed, but we sympathize with them. Like he did in A Prophet, Audiard adapted the screenplay with the assistance of Thomas Bidegain based on the short stories from Canadian author Craig Davidson. Audiard's film was nominated for the Palm d'Or in last year's Cannes Film Festival and is really worth checking out. Some people had an issue with the ending because they thought everything fit together a little too neatly, but I thought the final act was probably the best and most satisfying part of this film. Our physical struggles and bonds can end up strengthening our tortured souls and making us better human beings.

A former boxer, Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts from Bullhead), decides to move from Belgium to the south of France where his sister, Louise (Celine Sallette), lives after he is put in charge of his young son, Sam (Armand Verdure). He isn't very responsible, so he knows his sister can help him raising his son while he finds a job. He finds one as a local bouncer at a disco where he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a professional killer whale trainer at Marineland, after escorting her back home due to a brawl. They exchange numbers but don't see each other again. Alain find a job as a security guard at a local store where he meets Martial (Bouli Lanners) who convinces him to begin fighting again. Martial runs an underground kickboxing tournament where he introduces Alain and they begin making some money off it. Meanwhile Stephanie continues her life at the marine land, until she suffers a freak accident and loses both her legs. Heavily depressed she calls Alain and the two begin to form a special bond. She begins to go out more and even joins Alain when he goes off to fight. The two begin to support each other, and despite their brokenness they begin to help each other out.

Audiard is a master at creating depth and pays close attention to these random characters that end up bonding with each other, but he couldn't have succeeded if it weren't for the two terrific lead performances from Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard. Cotillard was remarkable and should have received a nomination, and somehow Schoenaerts manages to make his character likable despite all his flaws. There is something in the way he treats Stephanie that seems to erase all his flaws and make us want him to achieve his personal goals. The actors managed to create a rather unique and authentic relationship and for me it worked really well. Every scene that at first felt unnecessary seems to have a purpose or a symbolism later on, like the way Alain looked at Stephanie's legs when he was escorting her home. Later he wins a fight he was about to lose when he catches a glimpse of Stephanie's prosthetic legs. Somehow in the midst of pain, he finds greater strength, and that is what makes this film so appealing. Everything which seemed so random at first seems to come together perfectly at the end. This is one of those films that stay with you long after the credits roll, and it is deeply touching and moving. This is one of those films that is driven by the performances and the overall narrative of the story. The visual effects of Cotillard 's legs (or lack thereof) are also pretty well done. Everything about this film makes it one you will definitely want to check out. It is real, it is raw, and it is touching.

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