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Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os)

Rust and Bone

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

year: 2012

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Jacques Audiard

runtime: 120

Ali finds himself looking after his 5-year old son on his own. He is a tough young man, raised on the streets, and used to fighting to stay alive. He goes to live with his sister in Antibes where he starts working as a bouncer. One night, he meets Stephanie. She is as anonymous as any other woman going out on her own on a Saturday night in a small city in southern France although she attracts the type of attention that gets her into trouble and he has to step in to help her out and takes her home where she lives with her boyfriend. She is a talented Orca whale trainer at the Marineland Park.

Time goes by. A few weeks after meeting him in the nightclub, Stephanie rings Ali with no expectations. When he goes to visit her in the new flat she has moved  into, he finds that she has suffered a terrible accident and her boyfriend is no longer with her. She is now ridden to her wheelchair and lives like a recluse and has not washed for days.

He is going help her regain her dignity in the most natural way and without any pity or compassion. In the process find a way to save himself as well. This is an amazing story, written by the Canadian writer Craig Davidson, of catharsis leading to forgiveness, showing how fate and other people can both destroy and create.


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