my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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…
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
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…
i'm so conflicted because objectively i get why so many of y'all liked this movie, but i also don't understand at all because it was so fucking boring
i can't believe i'm going to have to write a fucking paper about it. i want to scream.
blackfish mixed with... i dunno, any illegal boxing movie
(it's always surprising to me how i, as a kickboxer, get so bored with boxing movies)
loved how the soundtrack was one eminem song away from being as tacky as the music from suicide squad, and while part of me wishes it went full kitsch, i do appreciate how it saved itself with the django django and my favorite lykke li remix
La mejor película que vi en el 16° Tour de Cine Francés
Lots of enjoyable elements and small examples of masterful direction but overall quite the disappointment. Given its international acclaim, and the excellence of Audiard's other films I expected a film with more density. There's really nothing here of substantial impact - small examples only - Steph's reaction to her accident, Katy perry etc.
I'm still unsure as to what Audiard was demonstrating with this film. What is the point? Usually a broad theme is clear even in the weakest films, but here it's almost as if Audiard is unsure if he's going for a cinematic chick flick, a story of motivation, an examination into the plight of the French working class, or a genuine, world class, timeless, transcendental masterpiece. Rust and Bone has elements which many people can appreciate, but few will genuinely adore.
"Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen" ist ein Film über gequälte Kreaturen.
I can't find enough and proper words to describe this film.
I had high hopes for this, but I was not expecting it to be this good.
this movie should be renamed Marion Cotillard Reinvents Acting