Lean on me

In Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, a woman loses her legs and then her heart

| December 19, 2012
Carry that weight
Carry that weight

The masterful Writer-Director Jacques Audiard draws vivid performances from Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) for this gripping French romance about the body and the soul. Their characters meet when he's a bouncer at a club and she requires an escort home, then again months later, after a terrible accident at the marine park where she works has taken her legs below the knee. She becomes his friend, sometime lover, and loyal supporter when he loses his job and turns to bare-knuckle fights for cash, but as she's rehabilitated and renews her self-respect, she begins to want more. Like the rest of Audiard's films (Read My Lips, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet) this is dense with character and subtle in its narrative construction, tracing two lives as they collide but refuse to intersect. In French with subtitles.

[Recommended] Rust and Bone

Directed by Jacques Audiard


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A real gem here. A potent combination of gritty realism and credible character studies captured my attention throughout. The scenes of the bare-knuckle, no-holds barred fight are quite graphic as are the scenes at the Sea World-type show with trained killer whales. The main characters are shown as believably flawed but redeemable human beings. The principal male character, played by the talented Matthias Schoenaerts, engages in hedonistic and irresponsible behavior followed by guilt and fledgling attempts to atone for his selfishness. The remarkable Marion Cotillard adeptly plays a beautiful and athletic young woman who struggles to accept and adapt to the loss of her two lower legs. Highly recommended by....moi.

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