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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…
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…
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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…
Good movie. The finale it's a bit disapointing but still not that bad.
Mensagem de superação, motivação e companheirismo no amor. Fiquei com a vontade de que a história dela fosse mais explorada do que a dele.
Damn those French & their great story telling.
A heart warming story different to what I thought it would be. Rust and Bone has some very touching moments and Marion Cotillard and Mathias Schoenaerts have great chemistry, it just gets a little lost with B plots and character choices that make you question them more than you should.
Wow this was unexpectedly great! Kind of beautifully sad and altogether intense.
Rust and Bone, overall, was something I enjoyed. I loved the performances of the two leads, Marion Cotillard and Mathias Schoenaerts. Cotillard plays an orca trainer whose legs get chomped off, yes, you read that right. And Schoenaerts plays a down-on-his-luck, hobo, absent, terrible single dad, who moves in with his sister and her husband in Southern France. Cotillard and Schoenaerts meet and have a romance, while both struggle with their own issues. The films looks great and there are some intense scenes of violence and love. However, the film was hurt by the fact that I watched Blackfish some time ago and I don't really sympathize with having killer whales in captivity, and the fact that the whole scene…
A bleak, tragic romance, played very natural, with two incredible performances at the center. Marion Cotillard is, I think, my favourite actress, and also my #1 movie star crush. One of the better films of the year, for sure.
A penniless man and his young son arrive in a French seaside city. He has not seen his sister in five years, but she takes the two of them into her small apartment. The man, Ali, finds work as a bouncer, then a security guard. He meets a tough young woman who quickly takes offense at his uncouth questions. Nonetheless, when she loses her legs to an orca, she calls him and they become friends, eventually lovers. She goes with him to the illegal fights in which he battles for wagers. He takes her to the ocean, where she swims. She falls in love with him, but he has no thought of monogamy or obligations, and he hurts her. Later, when his son nearly dies, she reaches out to him.
Classically bleak French drama, with two fairly unattractive protagonists.
Harsh but deeply human, quite realistic and does not fall in the trap of being overly dramatic. Nice performances by the two lead actors and a decent OST.
So Audiard's latest film is (of course) good but it does lack the charm of "Un Prophete"
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
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