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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…
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…
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…
* 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…
Rust and Bone possui esse forte brilho, que pode lhe deixar sem palavras para expressar seus sentimentos em relação a essa história que está sendo contada. Ele consegue ser, não só, inteiramente ligado a você, mas ao mesmo tempo, cria essa incriável natureza avulsa e destacada, mas sempre vibrando da força a gentileza. Um simples toque, consegue carregar a margem a mais poderosa das emoções. Essa obra de Jaques Audiard, tem essa contida ideia e a sutiliza dentro dessa história é enxergar, nos momentos certos (aos olhos sensíveis), a quebra dessa restrição, em momentos insondáveis dessa pura alegoria de sentimentos.
Alain é um lutador de MMA, campeão que se encontra sem lar e pai solteiro e um menino de cinco…
Moving and hypnotic. Gorgeous performances from Cotillard and Schoenaerts.
I don't know what to say, I can see all the potential for a very good movie, but for some reason it just didn't work for me. Not to say that it is a bad one, but from the reviews I have read I was expecting something more.
But it still is a interesting mediocre movie, easily forgettable. Nonetheless the acting was good from both main actors.
human, visceral, and not for the faint of heart
Os brutos também amam!
When two hurt people not made for love meet. Another unforgettable Audiard.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task # 24: A film featuring a Bruce Springsteen song
My List: letterboxd.com/strangah/list/june-2016-scavenger-hunt-15/
I think I could watch any Marion Cotillard film and enjoy it. She's such a wonderful actor and elevates everyone else around her. Her roles have been so varied and her range increases every time I watch her. And the story really affected me. Mismatching these two characters in situations that often times feel out of place or hard to believe, Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts carry the film so well between the two of them.
I finished the hunt on time! My roommate's wedding kind of got in the way of finishing the reviews until now, though!
Apesar de ser contado quase que num único tom (quebrado de vez em quando, sendo uma delas chocante), o filme possui uma história que, se não é completamente sólida, possui personagens e ativações boas o suficiente pra validá-la. A arte é bastante similar a que vemos no cinema brasileiro moderno.
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