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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…
Most thought provoking film I've seen in ages.
Whales are the WORST.
It's just powerful filmmaking that knocks me out once again. Performances out of this world and Audiard has a fun sense for popular music and what works in a scene.
''Can't a whore train orcas?''
i'm a fucking mess right now, thx marion
Jaqcques Audiard followed up his earth-shattering Un Prophete with a smaller, relationship-driven drama. Interesting career trajectory for an interesting man. Rust And Bone is very small, indeed, but the central thrust of the main characters played by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts is more than enough to keep the film grounded and realistic, even if it turns into absolute doom-porn by the end of the second act. Also, this soundtrack kicks my ass. Bon Iver and Lykke Li? I'm in.
Curiosamente assisti FERRUGEM E OSSO pouco tempo depois de ter visto BLACKFISH, o chocante documentário-denúncia sobre os maus-tratos com as baleias assassinas dentro dos parques aquáticos espalhados pelo mundo. A personagem Stephanie - brilhantemente representada por Marion Cotillard, diga-se de passagem - poderia muito bem fazer parte do escopo de treinadores vítimas das baleias retratado no documentário. A presença forte de Matthias Schoenaerts dá vida ao personagem que leva a narrativa adiante, e é através dele que enxergamos o mundo - talvez justamente por isso FERRUGEM E OSSO não caia nos maneirismos do melodrama, uma vez que seu protagonista possui uma personalidade praticamente anti-dramática - e isto não significa, sobremaneira, que não somos capazes de enxergar e compreender seus sentimentos.
"Can't a whore train orcas?"
This contemporary French melodrama is a striking film with striking scenes starring Marion Cotillard as a troubled orca trainer after a devastating accident.
Jacques Audiard takes us through numerous snippets of the two protagonists' life together and separate. We see the unhappiness at the cost of not respecting what we have before it is taken away from us. However, some of the sharp turns this film takes are actually unnatural cause and effect phenomena disguised as unpredictability.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
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