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Rust and Bone
De rouille et d'os

A Special Presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®, Rust and Bone — French auteur Jacques Audiard’s highly anticipated follow-up to the Cannes Grand Prix-winning prison drama A Prophet — is a raw, unflinching, against-all-odds love story that has already set box-office records in France.

Broke, homeless, and drifting, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead) scrambles to
make a living for himself and his young son: he steals food, sleeps on the streets, and finally relocates to the French Riviera to live with his estranged sister in her cramped apartment. All too happy to let his sister watch the boy, Ali focuses on his burgeoning career as a back-alley boxer, dreaming of making it big as a mixed martial artist. Taking work as a nightclub bouncer, he crosses paths with Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris, Inception), who works as a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park, commanding the beasts with an ease absent from her interpersonal relations. After Stéphanie suffers a terrible accident, the unlikely pair falls into a tender, tentative courtship.

Audiard constructs this character study with masterful precision, blending Dardennes-style naturalism with dreamily impressionistic visions and tense, staccato cutting. Physicality is at the core of the film, and he captures visceral images with unflinching matter-of-factness. His two leads, meanwhile, generate an irresistible chemistry in their strange romance: Schoenaerts is that rare combination of imposing presence and vulnerability, while Cotillard gives a bold
performance, emotionally raw and achingly soulful. Echoing the film’s vivid contrast of brutality and tenderness, Alexandre Desplat’s powerful score is interspersed with a surprising selection of pop songs; Katy Perry’s
“Firework” provides one of the film’s most moving and unexpected moments. An unconventional and deeply felt study of human frailty, Rust and Bone is Audiard’s most assured cinematic turn to date.


"Rust and Bone [is] a beautiful, moving story of two fractured lives that somehow, together, combine into a single (if unconventional) whole." —Kevin Jagernauth,

Director: Jacques Audiard
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Armand Verdure
Year: 2012
Runtime: 120 minutes
Country: France, Belgium
Language: French
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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