my favorite letterboxd posters! ordered by color (only movies i've seen)
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.
I've watched a lot of amazing films in 2012, but none have rendered me completely helpless by the sheer force of its brilliance like Rust and Bone. At times, this film is viscerally violent and in your face, at others it is gently detached. It's a testament to this film's power that it can bring out the strongest of emotions with a single human gesture. There is a great story worth telling here, but the telling of it is where it really shines. Audiard demonstrates his considerable talent, as he's able to show restraint at the right moments and let the film soar to unfathomable heights at others.
Ali is a twenty-something MMA-style fighting…
At this point I should just give up guessing at what Jacques Audiard may be up to with his films. Whatever my expectations are, he's almost certainly going to subvert them. I went into A Prophet anticipating a hard-boiled prison/gangster movie, and what I got was a poetic mishmash of violence and spirituality concerning the Darwinian struggle of the French immigrant class (oh, and I also got one of my favorite movies of the last several years). With his new film Rust and Bone, I had expected something along the lines of "Marion Cotillard loses her legs but the the dude from Bullhead helps her find her heart." What I got was... wait, what did I get exactly? Certainly nothing…
those shots when he carries her on his back... ooooooh my gosh oh my gosh. oh my. gosh. oh my... god. shit. fuck. oh my god
Rust and Bone comes with lofty expectations, expectations the film struggles to match. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the man responsible for the mesmerising A Prophet, and backed by near unanimous critical praise, I had high hopes for the film yet it is a piece of work that feels in constant conflict with itself. The story revolves around two damaged people, one a poor single father who competes in brutal illegal street fights, and the other an orca trainer who loses both her legs in a freak accident. Frankly the synopsis sounds like a clumsy amalgamation of TV movie of the week style disability porn and Rocky on the Côte d'Azur, it doesn’t sound like the sort of thing one of…
All this time we spend telling stories about, and hoping to be, heroes, and it’s easy to lose sight of how powerful we are just being alive. How the bravest are not always knights, how often they don’t know who they are.
How sometimes, they’re an unemployed father with more testosterone than paternal instincts, or an intoxicated girl in a club teasing men for validation. They’re Ali and Stéphanie, and they’re not perfect. Sometimes, they're not even good. Sometimes, Ali gets a little aggressive with his son, and Stéphanie takes a lot more than she gives. But one day, a severe accident takes both her legs from her. One day, his son’s mother makes her exit and he is left…
Let's get this straight: A whale trainer losers her legs in a work related accident and falls for an amateur kick-boxer; cue Katy Perry's 'Firework' et voila! - Not as ludicrous as it sounds.
Jacques Audiard follows up his highly (and rightfully) praised 2009 A Prophet with a premise that seem startlingly out of left field, yet this is quite a thoughtful, provocative and poetic character study that whilst a little messy, has a raw and romantic naturalism that dares you to be moved.
Marion Cotillard delivers a brave and sexual performance as she attempts to courageously rebuild her life after losing both legs, but equally impressive is Matthias Schoenaerts, a tortured soul that has not the maturity nor responsibility…
Jacques Audiard's rough romance manages to glide through checkpoints that should be tacky. The arc is so strange with one character on a seemingly oblivious straight line and the other getting picked up by being dragged down socially, and it all feels inspirational. An auteur applying their style to a conventional genre outside their comfort zone makes for some interesting results.
It's less surprising how amazing Marion Cotillard is in her French speaking roles. Even though the movie isn't as much about her as it seems, she grabs attention with the gradual recovery from complete defeat largely through physical acting. In Hollywood this kind of unglamorous role would be calculating awards bait, but for Cotillard it's just business as usual. I guess the fact she actually won an Oscar and got nominated for another for non-English speaking roles is a strong validation.
I really do love this film.
Rust and Bone is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking, stylish, and transcendent romances ever made
These French actors I tell ya. They know how to fully commit to their roles. Cotillard and (for my money) especially Schoenaerts are just wonderful. There are parts where I felt didn't need to be highlighted here as much but I don't think a few sex scenes have ever been as well filmed and acted ever.
The beach scenes early on are lovely.
wow what a bad dad
The performances in this movie was beyond magnificent to the point where you could actually believed that Marion had been through the experience herself. Accompanied by Matthias, whom I never took an interest in before this movie, got me hooked in seeking out his other movies and made me wonder where this man had been all my life. His character could either be vulgar or vulnerable depending on the situation and it was nice to see Ali be the latter when it came to Stephanie.
All in all, this movie was a big eye opener in the world of disability and the journey of overcoming it through a support system and faith and a healthy mindset.
Wow. Marion Cotillard without legs. I hope she didn't actually chop off her legs to play this role even though that's totally what Jared Leto would've done.
i can't believe i cried so hard at a scene where fireworks by katy perry is playing
it finally has an order and i'm at peace
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…