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RUST AND BONE
DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard
CAST: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette.
CLASSIFICATION: 18 LNSV
RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes
RUST AND Bone is a slow meander through the lives of two very different people who make a connection. Often difficult to watch because it is raw emotion and pain coming at you from all corners, it is still fascinating because of two intriguing performances.
The plot and people sprawl all over the place with not much of a goal in sight and then the story just fritters away in the end, but the journey they take is relatable because of the honesty between the two leads.
Ali (Schoenaerts), a lonely, down-and-out father, is forced to relocate, with an estranged young son in tow, from Belgium to his sister’s place in Antibes.
Ali starts working as a bouncer at a nightclub where a chance encounter with a whale trainer, Stephanie, seems to go nowhere. But when she is badly injured in an accident, Stephanie (Cotillard, pictured) retreats deep into herself, and eventually reaches out to Ali in desperation.
While they come from very different backgrounds and reference points (he exists very much on the fringe of society and morality, while she starts off very much at the centre of both), disfigurement and physical pain link them. The sexual tension is palpable, and they slowly start building up common ground.
Ali treats Stephanie like he treats every other woman he meets – which is part of the attraction – but it is his capacity for living that really attracts her. While he has trouble controlling his anger, for some reason he never takes it out on her – and above all he never pities her, which helps her come to terms with her body image.
Director Jacques Audiard has gone for an unsentimental approach towards Stephanie losing her legs and learning to cope, and through Cotillard’s intense performance we share each small victory as she learns to let go of shame and re-establish her sexual identity. Cotillard’s ability to show her emotion on her face without appearing absurd is astonishing and only she could turn a Katy Perry song into a powerful anthem.
Watching these two broken people try to build something between them is transfiguring, despite the film suddenly ending on a saccharine note when everything that went before suggested anything but.
If you liked, Un Prophete or The Beat That My Heart Skipped, you will like this.