Rust and Bone
- 2 hr
Rust and Bone is an acclaimed drama directed by the celebrated French filmmaker Jacques Audiard. The movie was in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in France and has since garnered two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. The film opens with Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), an unemployed amateur kick boxer, as he arrives with his young son Sam (Armand Verdure) in the south of France to stay with his sister Anna (Corinne Masiero). Once there, Ali finds a job at a nightclub, where he meets Stephanie (Oscar-nominated actress Marion Cotillard), a professional whale trainer with a reckless personal life. After a drunken brawl at the club, Ali drives an injured Stephanie home. This brief encounter sets the tone for the rest of the film, as the disparate lives of these two characters become inextricably bound - initially by despair, and eventually by love. A tragic accident at the marine theme park where Stephanie works leaves her helpless, with both legs amputated. Desperate and alone, she remembers Ali from the nightclub and reaches out to him. As they spend more and more time together, Stephanie eventually regains her confidence through Ali's animalistic strength, which serves as a substitute for the powerful beasts she once trained and swam with before the accident. The contrast between the brutishness of Ali and the gracefulness of Stephanie is at the heart of this unconventional love story. Even the way they change during the course of the film is different: Stephanie alters physically, while Ali's transformation is internal. Neither is whole. The two contrasting halves finally converge when another accident nearly takes the life of Ali's son. In his time of need, he reaches out to Stephanie in much the same way she reached out to him. At the end of the film, both characters have found balance in each other, and neither can exist without the other.