De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)
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A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. Lonely and destitute, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"An emotionally gripping if slightly meandering drama marked by two powerful lead performances."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Film.com
""Rust and Bone" has heart and soul."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Audiard visits a physicality that isn't necessarily female or male, but of the body, and toward the body, as in Cotillard's wide, lidded eyes when she watches him punching, thumping and bleeding in illegal bare-fisted takedown fights."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"there is no denying the cinematic power of Audiard's fearless storytelling"
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"The film achieves what all dramatic films should strive for: complete audience empathy for the main characters. I cared for these two so deeply, and the many, many moments of quiet triumph gave me rushes of joy. A beautiful triumph of precision."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"The movie wanders off course in the final act, as if none of its three screenwriters could quite figure out how to end it."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""Rust and Bone" seems to wander unexpectedly into its heart; it feels organic in its casual unfolding, like life itself."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's a film for people who believe that fallen souls aren't inevitably destined to become lost ones."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Rust and Bone is a tough, emotionally raw movie, but its not a difficult watch, and its a very skillfully rendered piece of neo-realism."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Rust and Bone is an unsentimentally lyrical triumph, unexpected in every way."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
""Rust" has some lovely scenes - Alain carrying Stephanie out to the sea - but it seems to wander off in search of something it already has, and in wandering, it loses its way."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"You couldn't ask for a more random relationship, but "Rust and Bone" slowly, almost magically, gives it meaning, symbolism, even a kind of symmetry."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"...while all the admittedly well-wrought details engage us on an intellectual level and keep us watching, the film doesn't linger in the imagination the way truly great cinema does"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The notion of strings-free sex gets a good working over from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), who takes as much pride in exploring the workings of Stephanie's troubled mind as he does in digitally removing her legs."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"For a film that deals in different forms of agony it's rather pleasant. A portrait of family that's refreshing with the right emotional punch."
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
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