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2,808 Ratings

Rust and Bone

De rouille et d'os

Directed by Jacques Audiard
France, Belgium, 2012
Drama, Romance


Ali is seeking a home for himself and his young son Sam when he meets Stephanie, who trains killer whales in an aqua park. Their lives are dramatically fused together after a horrific work accident. Adapted from Craig Davidson’s short stories, it stars Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Our take

Coming off the success of his masterpiece A Prophet, and one film away from winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes, director Jacques Audiard turned to what seems a preposterous story. Yet, remarkably, he renders it not only plausible but dynamic, human, heartbreaking and sexy—often all at the same time.

Rust and Bone Directed by Jacques Audiard
Audiard said that as he approached this material, he realized that neither character was the protagonist: “The protagonist of the story is the love story. The love story is the hero.” He is so successful at bringing that across that Rust and Bone has one of the most meaningful – if not the most meaningful (off the top of my head I can’t think of another one) – “I love you”s in any movie I have ever seen. When I saw it in the theatre, and heard those words, I actually burst into tears.
August 31, 2016
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In [Audiard’s] latest, the director infuses a mockable melodrama with pungent physicality and demonstrates the restorative properties of sex and violence for a couple drawn to each other by mutual need.
November 21, 2012
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Audiard and his cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine set the film in a world of expansive visual possibility, granting absolute primacy to the poetic force of the image. Subplots outline a social commentary parallel to the love story, but those feel less necessary than the emphasis on single stirring scenes.
November 18, 2012
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