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Rust and Bone (2012)

De rouille et d'os (original title)
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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.

Director:

Jacques Audiard

Writers:

Jacques Audiard (screenplay), Thomas Bidegain (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Stéphanie
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Alain van Versch
Armand Verdure Armand Verdure ... Sam
Céline Sallette ... Louise
Corinne Masiero Corinne Masiero ... Anna
Bouli Lanners ... Martial
Jean-Michel Correia Jean-Michel Correia ... Richard
Yannick Choirat Yannick Choirat ... Simon
Mourad Frarema Mourad Frarema ... Foued
Fred Menut Fred Menut ... Le patron d'ELP Sécurité
Duncan Versteegh Duncan Versteegh ... Soigneur d'orques
Katia Chaperon Katia Chaperon ... Soigneuse d'orques
Catherine Fa Catherine Fa ... Soigneuse d'orques
Andès Lopez Jabois Andès Lopez Jabois ... Soigneur d'orques
Océane Cartia Océane Cartia ... La baby-sitter
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 May 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rust and Bone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€15,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$226,257 (Belgium), 16 May 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,154, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,061,449, 31 March 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,807,712, 11 October 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Armand Verdure was chosen to play Sam after the casting agent saw him in the streets of a French ghetto. The casting agent started testing him out and told Jacques Audiard: "I know what you're thinking, but don't take him because it's going to be hell. The kid is a little nuts." and Audiard said: "He's the one" and gave the part to him. Then, Matthias Schoenaerts met the boy and was completely attached to him, and they spent months together as the boy adapted to the notion of being on a set and doing scenes more than once. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam: I'm hungry. I'm hungry.
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Connections

Referenced in Lady Dior Web Documentary (2012) See more »

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The Wolves (Act I And II)
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A well-oiled piece.
16 January 2014 | by Rich WrightSee all my reviews

In the 1994 film Forrest Gump Gary Sinese played a double amputee. He didn't actually cut off both his legs for the role (that would've been TOO extreme) but thanks to the marvel of special effects, he was able to go around in his wheelchair and even take a swim seamlessly. Now, flash forward nearly 20 years (Gosh, how time flies) and we have Marion Cotillard getting her legs bitten off by a killer whale, and the technology is even more amazing. There isn't a single scene where we're not 100% convinced she's lost her limbs, and the stakes are raised even higher when she's fitted with artificial ones. How they managed to insert this footage so completely into the movie is anyone's guess. I kind of don't want to know, as this would spoil the illusion.

Her characterisation, as a young woman who has to learn to start again after a life changing incident, is a beguiling one. It would probably be enough to carry the film by itself, but combined with Matthias Schoenaerts devil-may-care trained fighter (with a well hidden heart of gold) it becomes a great one. Their tempestuous relationship is the backbone here, and it is never less than captivating. These are two very different people; and yet they are perfect for one another... as long as both are willing to make sacrifices along the way. It is also my pleasure to report the rest of the cast are imbued with the same level of complexity as the two leads... These are REAL individuals we get to know, not dull cyphers. It all adds to a multi layered drama which is a true pleasure to watch. 7/10


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