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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…
* 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…
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…
This movie is set amidst a bizarre set of circumstances, a bizarre set of circumstances that befall ordinary people. When these people meet you see the best and the absolute worst sides of them. The depth of emotion that the actors portray in this film, is not seen on such a realistic level very often (and Marion Cotillard is always a stellar performer).
Despite undeniably brilliant performances from both its leads and an intriguing premise, Rust and Bone never quite manages to reel me in.
just as I like it...
A simply wonderful movie starring Matthias Schoenaerts as a bouncer cum street fighter and wonderful Marikn Cotillard as a killer whale trainer who suffers a terrible accident.
You basically hate Schoenaerts from the beginning, especailly with the way he treats his son, and it makes it a tough film to love, but the brutal relationships alone make it compelling viewing. Gruelling and French.
Someone tell me why this film doesn't come in some sort of Blackfish Special Edition Blu-Ray.
Jokes aside, what a masterpiece of storytelling this is. Was there ever a dull moment?
Love isn't perfect. Some movies are really good at understanding that. This is one of them.
Loved it! The two leads were phenomal!
don't cry don't cry don't cry don't cry don't cry damn it
In which Audiard reveals himself to be a pseudo-intellectual version of Martin Scorsese. Cotillard's performance is not enough to save this from being nothing else but a cheap melodrama.
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