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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.

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Jacques Audiard

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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

Lonely and destitute, Alain leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When he lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, he meets the radiant Stephanie, and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though her position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to him. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, she gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with him -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on the short stories "Rust and Bone" and "Rocket Ride" from the book "Rust and Bone" by Canadian author Craig Davidson. In the book, it's a man who loses his legs after a killer whale attack, but director Jacques Audiard decided to change the gender of the trainer for a woman because he thought that his previous movie A Prophet (2009) had enough men. See more »

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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 »

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Superior craftsmanship on all levels
4 June 2012 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

Jacques Audiard is the maker of the sensational, Oscar-nominated movie Un Prophète. Matthias Schoenaerts is the lead actor in the sensational, Oscar-nominated movie Bullhead. Together, they now have made De rouille et d'os. Is it sensational? Well, um, yes. Will it be nominated for an Oscar? Time will tell!

Like those other two movies, De rouille et d'os is about strong characters, fighting their way through life against all odds. One of those characters is played by Schoenaerts, the Flemish actor who is on the verge of his breakthrough in international cinema. At least, that's what everyone in Cannes was talking about. Next year's American remake of the Flemish blockbuster Loft might well be his ticket to Hollywood.

In De rouille et d'os, Schoenaerts basically plays the same sort of character as he did in Bullhead: lots of muscles, little brainpower. In this movie, he succeeds in embarrassing, hurting or insulting everyone he cares about: his child, his sister and his girlfriend. He seems incapable of showing the least bit of empathy. His rude and insensitive way of treating other people would almost be funny, if it weren't for the sometimes dramatic consequences.

The story is about the relationship between this emotionally handicapped man and a physically handicapped woman. Although they have almost opposite characters, they find each other in their mutual experience of being different from the rest. His lack of sympathy and understanding is almost an advantage for her. She lost her legs, but he doesn't ask her how she copes or if she wants a shoulder to cry on. No, he asks her if she wants to take a dive in the ocean with him. 'Do you realize what you're saying?', she replies. He answers by carrying her in his arms to the sea and letting her discover that she can swim by using only her arms.

Audiard knows how to let his two lead actors excel. Schoenaerts is completely believable as a primitive macho who means well but screws everything up nevertheless. And Marion Cotillard is cast perfectly as a strong-willed woman who refuses to be confined to a wheelchair. I was amazed by her physical appearance as an amputee - you'd swear that she had her legs cut off in order to be able to make this movie. The visual effects are awesome.

But apart from the acting achievements, Audiard also has some nice visual treats. Most of the time, the movie focuses on the actors, but now and then aesthetics take over. The scene with Cotillard in an orca show is an example of superb directing: the huge animals are filmed in such a way, that it becomes clear something terrible is about to happen. De rouille et d'os shows superior craftsmanship on all levels.


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