Thursday, November 7, 2013

Screened Thursday 28 November 2013
6:30 Drinks and Nibbles, Film Screens at 7pm

"De rouille et d'os"
Winner, Best Film BFI London Festival, 2012

MA15+ 120 min - Drama | Romance  


Jacques Audiard (screenplay), Thomas Bidegain (screenplay)


Screened to critical acclaim at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Rust and Bone now arrives in the Limestone Coast.

It's from the director of the wonderful A Prophet and stars Marion Cotillard as Stephanie, an Orca trainer at a local Marineland Water Park. A chance meeting at a club one night means she meets drop out Alain (Schoenaerts) who's penniless and landed with his 5 year old son.
Despite Alain's attempts to hit on Stephanie failing miserably, the two are forced into each other's respective paths after an accident at the Water Park cuts short her career. Alain is a semi drifter, interested only in one night stands and a lack of real commitment, as opposed to Stephanie's warmer approach to life.

Faced by a life changing situation, Stephanie finds that Alain's aloofness is suddenly engaging and the pair form an unlikely relationship.

Rust and Bone is about two people dealing with their inner demons.  Cotillard is sensational as the trainer who finds she needs unexpected support - her restrained and subtle performance conveys every necessary nuance and emotion without being showy or over-sentimental as these films occasionally have a tendency to be. Likewise, Schoenaerts' dropout may be lacking a lot of emotion and living only from day to day, but he's the perfect foil to Cotillard; a brutal yet downbeat man, who's trying to make his way in the world.

There are a couple of gasp aloud moments within Rust and Bone, but this is an engrossing film, delivering a potent mix, a dramatic cocktail worth drinking down.  

 Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2012 Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Telluride Film Festival 2012