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Rust and Bone (2012)

De rouille et d'os (original title)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

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Jacques Audiard

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Jacques Audiard (screenplay), Thomas Bidegain (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Stéphanie
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Alain van Versch
Armand Verdure Armand Verdure ... Sam
Céline Sallette ... Louise
Corinne Masiero Corinne Masiero ... Anna
Bouli Lanners ... Martial
Jean-Michel Correia Jean-Michel Correia ... Richard
Yannick Choirat Yannick Choirat ... Simon
Mourad Frarema Mourad Frarema ... Foued
Fred Menut Fred Menut ... Le patron d'ELP Sécurité
Duncan Versteegh Duncan Versteegh ... Soigneur d'orques
Katia Chaperon Katia Chaperon ... Soigneuse d'orques
Catherine Fa Catherine Fa ... Soigneuse d'orques
Andès Lopez Jabois Andès Lopez Jabois ... Soigneur d'orques
Océane Cartia Océane Cartia ... La baby-sitter
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Storyline

Lonely and destitute, Alain 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 he 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, he meets the radiant Stephanie, and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though her position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to him. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, she gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with him -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Belgium | Singapore

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 May 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rust and Bone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR15,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,154, 25 November 2012

Gross USA:

$2,062,027

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,762,027
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There's a scene where Cotillard's character stands in front of a glass tank as a whale swims up to her and moves from side to side at her direction, there's no big secret to it - "you give them fish and they do anything you want them to do" - but Cotillard said it was an amazing encounter nonetheless. She felt she had a special relationship with the orca during rehearsal, although that changed when the scene was actually filmed. "There were so many people behind me that the orca got scared and suddenly she screamed at me and she opened her mouth and even with the security glass I was totally shocked. And I cried that day", she said. See more »

Goofs

When Ali first carries Stephanie to swim in the sea, as he lifts her off the sun lounger, the actress's real legs cast a shadow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam: I'm hungry. I'm hungry.
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Referenced in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) See more »

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Performed by Andre Crom & Martin Dawson
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A thing of beauty
22 February 2017 | by pauliecorleone-72628See all my reviews

Does the third act feel unfocused and scattered? Holy hell, does it!

Overall, does the film push a little too hard on the sentimentality? It sure does, shamelessly at times.

Does it suffer from minor inconsistencies and a couple of narrative plateaus the omission of which would have resulted in a shorter, more taut outcome? That would be another resounding "YES!".

Do any of the above shortcomings ultimately matter? Hell, no, Rust and Bone is freaking stunning!

And this coming from me, the person who dislikes both emotional manipulation AND Matthias Schoenaerts. Double whammy yet it still manages a very worthy 4 stars.

Cheers for this Audiard, you're a good 'un, mate.


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