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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…
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…
Several renowned directors made a comeback in 2012 to show their cards under the sleeve. Most of them were worthwhile, if not great. Audiard, unfortunately, failed to live up to the big expectations that his past film had set beforehand.
What we have here is a story with interesting visuals and a soundtrack as uneven as the lines in the palm of my hand, an underdeveloped chemistry and family issues utilized as dramatic fillers to keep a dubious (and somewhat clichéd) story moving forward. Nevertheless, the execution was not clichéd nor predictable. Increasingly, and with each new year, films have begun to retake conventional stories and present them in an unconventional fashion, including the final outcome.
The cinematography inherits that…
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…
* very minor spoilers *
Ms. Cotillard plays Stéphanie, a beautiful young woman who works as a whale trainer at a marina. Matthias Schoenaerts plays Ali, a broke man with a young son who is is apparently leaving behind an unhappy past. Ali has a violent side, but ultimately has a tender side, and is a loving father to his son.
Stéphanie and Ali meet one night at a club where he works as a bouncer, when he breaks up a fight in which Stéphanie has been injured. He drives her home, and leaves leaves shortly thereafter, at the request of Stéphanie's boyfriend.
Shortly thereafter, Stéphanie suffers a devastating accident during a whale show, at which point she loses both…
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A really great, emotionally charged movie from director Jacques Audiard with brilliant performances from the leads, Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts.
This is a brilliant study into human relationships. Matthias Schoenaerts is a reckless, womanising father who can barely take care of his son, never mind himself. Meanwhile Marion Cotillard exudes unhappiness from the moment she appears onscreen. She is a woman with obvious problems with relationships and initially only seems happy when at her job of training killer whales in a water park, a job which eventually leaves her horribly injured.
The film builds from her accident and explores the complexities of family, friendships, sex, and the fear of your body breaking down and the incredible strength that you can conjure up in terrifying situations.
This is an absolute must see and a film that will equally make you feel good yet frustrated and emotionally drained.
Schoenaerts does a better job when he talks French than when he has to act like he's an oridinary American.
Good movie with a good Marion Cotillard and of course, a good script. Sometimes i got the feeling that the story was a little too long - they could have made a shorter movie - some sequences are unnecessary!
Watch out for that whale - aiee! Fighter forms an unlikely relationship with a wheelchair-bound former whale trainer in a film about damaged souls. The CGI is very effective.
I never thought I'd describe a sensitive French family drama such as this as having the best amputation effects since Forrest Gump.
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Meno folgorante e sorprendente del Profeta, ma ugualmente crudo e spietato..
Se nel precedente film il regista offriva un proprio personale tributo a "Scarface", rivisitandolo dentro tematiche e atmosfere più realistiche e attuali, in questa pellicola cerca una narrazione più struggente, meno malinconica e cinica, dove in qualche modo sono i buoni sentimenti a trovare una sorta di rivincita.
Storia sempre popolata da "reietti", che in questo caso non riescono ad intraprendere l'ascesa "sociale" vista nel precedente film, anzi sono destinati nonostante i loro sforzi a "fallire", magari avendo la meglio in alcuni illusori e momentanei step intermedi, ma in ogni caso il loro destino è quello di rimanere "in basso", annaspando per uscire dalla quotidiana sofferenza e miseria.. Una…
The best trailer possible for an average movie.
No really. Watch the trailer. Its fantastic.
a great movie, sad, realistic a food for thought drama, with great acting
Great premise matching a physically handicapped person with an emotionally handicapped person, and it saved itself a bit at the end, but just a bit drawn out
A film that starts out with wholly unlikeable characters has to work hard to make an audience care for anything that happen to them. De Rouille et d'Os works and works and works, and especially Marion Cotillard manages to get a few moments of emotion and even a rare instant of tenderness. Yet everything in between these strong moments is on the core well-made and character-building, but never succeeds in grabbing the audience tight enough to make them wholly and fully invested in the plight on screen.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.