Sunday, July 21, 2013

Movie Review: Rust and Bone (2012)

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Rust and Bone (2012) - Directed by Jacques Audiard; Written by Audiard, Thomas Bidegain; Starring Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts.

By Kenny Howell

This was billed as the story about Marion Cotillard overcoming a tragic accident, and the friendship she strikes up with a local man. Probably because Cotillard (The Immigrant) is known to American audiences and Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd) is not.

But in reality, the movie is really driven by Schoenaerts' story. He is Alain, a down and out, not totally responsible, former fighter that takes a job as a bouncer after he is forced to take care of his son full time. He meets Stephanie one night at the club, and helps keep some men from bothering her.

They go there separate ways, but they are brought back together after Stephanie has an accident at her job as a killer whale trainer. She loses both legs below the knees, and goes into a deep depression. One day, she gives Alain a call, and they strike up a friendship, which helps her get back into the world. As they get to know each other more, Alain's life becomes more complicated because of his son, his underground fights, and the people he is associated with.

Both leads are great, and the story is unique and has several heart wrenching moments. Alain is a wonderful character. He has not totally grown up, but he is for the most part means well for everyone. Audiard is comfortable with him having some deep flaws, while also showing the dual nature of his good side.

The only problem is that there is seemingly dual leads. You have to take some time out from each occasionally, and it takes you a bit out of their story. However, the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, and it makes it definitely worth your time.

The film is based on the book by Craig Davidson.

Rating: ***

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