With the Cannes film festival in its opening days, ”Rust & Bone” (De rouille et d’os) by director Jacques Audiard stars the “La Vie En Rose” Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, with Matthias Schoenaerts.
Setting the bar high, Audiard explores the intense complexities between emotional and physical conflict. Loosely based on Craig Davidson’s short story collection, the film begins with a destitute Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts ) and his 5-year-old son leaving the North of France to seek a more orderly life. An ex-boxer, Ali soon obtains a job as a nightclub bouncer, where a chance encounter leads him to meet orca trainer, Stephanie (Marion Cotillard). After a tragic accident occurs at Stephanie’s workplace, a dynamic relationship between the two emerges as their afflictions (his emotional and hers physical) ultimately tangle into a mutual struggle for reconciliation.
Audiard’s directing skillfully intensifies the vulnerabilities of human healing, and it is Cotillard and Schoenaerts’ commitment to the evolution of these intimate moments, allowing them to unfold honestly, that puts Rust & Bone in the ring with the rest of Cannes’ heavyweights.
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