Rust and Bone
Director: Jacques Audiard
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
Country of Origin: France 2012
Language: French with English subtitles
'Rust and Bone is a brutally realistic passionate love story that leans towards tragedy.The acting is stunning, the direction superb but the movie belongs to Marion Cotillard'.
Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a rootless Belgian who's worked as a night club bouncer, security guard and boxer who goes to Antibes with his young son, Sam (Armand Verdure) to stay with his lon-suffering sister Anne (Corinne Masiero) . This isn't the Antibes of the celebrity rich, it's the Antibes of the peripherals of society. Ali meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) who trains Ocras in a local marine tourist park. A freak accident where a whale misreads her signals and turns on her results in Stephanie loosing her legs. Confined to a wheelchair and suffering with severe depression, Stephanie contacts Ali. Wondering whether she'll ever feel desire again, Ali sleeps with Stephanie and a remarkably powerful love story emerges.
The acting is stunning, the direction superb but the film belongs to Marion Cotillard who gives one of the performances of the year.