You gotta go see: Rust and Bone

Last updated 05:00 13/07/2013
Rust and Bone

DIFFERENT DISABILITIES: Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone.

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After unforseen circumstances a destitute and incapable father, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is charged with looking after his estranged son, even though he struggles just to look after himself.

He moves in with his sister, and then the socially inept and macho Ali meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a woman of much higher social standing, who has a job as a trainer at an aquatic zoo.

Ali has the strong body but it is soulful Stephanie who has the strong spirit. Together they form an unusual friendship born out essential need but never pity.

This subtle French movie, whilst seeming nothing out of the ordinary, manages to present an extraordinary and subtle journey that mimics real life by meandering towards an end but without any climactic conclusion.

A movie with moments of emapthy, magic, passion, vivacious physicality rendered in neo-realist direction.

When it came time to determine which film would compete at the Academy Awards, France chose the feel-good buddy comedy The Intouchables over Rust and Bone. Whilst Intouchables is a delightful movie that deserves the credit, it is Rust and Bone that provided the deeper and delicate experience and a powerful performance from Schoenaerts was quite memorable.

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