Rust and Bone
|Rust and Bone|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jacques Audiard|
|Produced by||Jacques Audiard
|Screenplay by||Jacques Audiard
|Based on||Rust and Bone
by Craig Davidson
|Music by||Alexandre Desplat|
|Editing by||Juliette Welfling|
|Studio||Why Not Productions
|Distributed by||UGC Distribution
|Running time||123 minutes|
Rust and Bone (French: De rouille et d'os) is a 2012 French-Belgian romantic drama film directed by Jacques Audiard, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, based on Craig Davidson's short story collection of the same name. It tells the story of an unemployed 25-year-old man who falls in love with a killer whale trainer. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival  and received positive early reviews and a ten-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening. It has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards and nine César Awards, winning four.
Ali in his mid 20s, an unemployed father to a young son, Sam, arrives in Antibes, southern France, to look for work. Having no money, he crashes with his sister Anna who already has her own share of problems with money and temporary employment.
Ali gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub but still keeps his passion burning for kick boxing. On a usual evening in the night club, Ali meets Stéphanie and escorts her safely to her home after she is injured in a brawl at the club. She works at a local marine tourist park where she suffers a tragic accident during a show and wakes up in the hospital to realize that her legs have been amputated. Ali meets a guy at work who informs him about a kick boxing fixture he can make money from. Stéphanie, now in a wheelchair, is terminally depressed and gives Ali a call. Ali visits her and takes her to a beach where they swim. Over a period of time, Ali and Stéphanie spend a lot of time together and get involved in casual sex every now and then, while Ali hooks up with other women as well, being honest about it with Stéphanie. Stéphanie starts to accompany Ali to the kick boxing matches and a symbiosis forms between them. Stéphanie starts to feel better about herself in Ali's company and gets artificial limbs. She starts to walk again and even manages Ali's bets for kickboxing. Ali, Stéphanie, and some friends visit the same night club where Ali used to work. Ali goes to the dance floor and flirts with a girl as Stéphanie watches curiously. Ali goes away with the girl leaving a dejected Stéphanie with other friends. Anna is fired from her job as the higher management comes to know of her taking home expired food products. Anna blames Ali for this as Ali was involved in an odd job where he installed spy cameras in work areas at the direction of the management to spy on the activities of their employees. This results in a standoff between Ali and Anna's partner and Ali leaves. Sam stays with Anna while Ali goes to a training facility for kick boxers near Warsaw and loses touch with Stéphanie. Sam visits Ali at his facility for a day and both are shown playing on a frozen lake. A weak spot on the frozen lake cracks and Sam falls into the lake, loses consciousness and floats on. Ali takes a while to realize that Sam is nowhere to be seen. Once he spots Sam under the frozen lake, Ali releases a desperate volley of punches to break the surface and gets an unconscious Sam out. In the process, Ali fractures his hands.
Sam survives and in the hospital Ali breaks down while talking to Stéphanie on the phone and confesses his love for her. As the film closes, Ali is shown to have gone professional in kick-boxing as Sam and Stephanie stand by him in what looks like a post-fight victory ceremony.
- Marion Cotillard as Stéphanie
- Matthias Schoenaerts as Ali
- Armand Verdure as Sam
- Corinne Masiero as Anna
- Céline Sallette as Louise
- Bouli Lanners as Martial
- Mourad Frarema as Foued
- Jean-Michel Correia as Richard
- Yannick Choirat as Simon
The film was produced by Why Not Productions for €15.4 million. It was co-produced with France 2 Cinéma, Page 114 and the Belgian company Les Films du Fleuve. Filming started on 4 October 2011 and lasted eight weeks. Locations were used Antibes, Cannes, Belgium, Paris, northern France, and Brussels. To prepare for the role, Cotillard took swimming lessons and spent a week at Marineland to learn how to direct whales. Explaining how the team adjusted to Stephanie having no legs, Cotillard told: "When we did the first costume fitting, we had to try those pants that were empty of my legs and I had to fold my legs in the wheelchair. That image was so powerful that we kept it throughout the movie. And also we worked with amazing CGI guys."
The film premiered on 17 May 2012 in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. It was released in France and Belgium through UGC Distribution the same day. StudioCanal UK acquired the British distribution rights, and the film was released in the UK on 2 November 2012. It opened in the United States on 23 November 2012.
The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and received early positive critical reactions. HitFix praised Audiard "for the way he takes melodramatic convention and bends it to his own particular sensibility, delivering a powerful tale about the reminders we all carry of the pains that have formed us" and found Cotillard's work "incredible, nuanced and real". Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film a four-star rating out of five, writing Rust and Bone is "a passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide" and "its candour and force are matched by the commitment and intelligence of its two leading players". Time's Mary Corliss found that the romance is "sometimes engrossing, sometimes exasperating" and that the cinematography recalls Kings Row and An Affair to Remember. Corliss also wrote, "Schoenaerts exudes masculinity that is both effortless and troubled" while "Cotillard demonstrates again her eerie ability to write complex feelings on her face, as if from the inside, without grandstanding her emotions" and added, "her strong, subtle performance is gloriously winning on its own". Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune thought Schoenaerts' sensitive-brute instincts recall Marlon Brando and Tom Hardy. Critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times called the film "a strong, emotionally replete experience, and also a tour de force of directorial button pushing." Roger Ebert, who did not review the film upon its original release, later added it to his "Great Films" series and gave four stars. Cate Blanchett wrote an article for Variety praising Marion Cotillard's performance in the film.
Awards and nominations
|List of accolades|
|Award / Film Festival||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||Jacques Audiard||Nominated|
|César Awards||Best Film||Jacques Audiard||Nominated|
|Best Director||Jacques Audiard||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|Most Promising Actor||Matthias Schoenaerts||Won|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain||Won|
|Best Original Score||Alexandre Desplat||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Stéphane Fontaine||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Juliette Welfling||Won|
|Best Sound||Brigitte Taillandier, Pascal Villard and Jean-Paul Hurier||Nominated|
|AACTA Awards||Best International Actress||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|BFI London Film Festival||Best Film||Jacques Audiard||Won|
|British Academy of Film and Television Arts||Best Actress in a leading Role||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|Best Film Not in the English Language||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Cabourg Romantic Film Festival||Best Film (Meilleur film)||Jacques Audiard||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Foreign-Language Film||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Rust and Bone||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film||Won|
|Goya Awards||Best European Film||Nominated|
|Hollywood Film Festival||Best Actress of the Year||Marion Cotillard||Won|
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best International Film||Rust and Bone||Nominated|
|London Film Critics' Circle||Foreign Language Film of the Year||Rust and Bone||Won|
|Technical Achievement Award||Alexandre Desplat (music)||Nominated|
|Magritte Awards||Best Actor||Matthias Schoenaerts||Nominated|
|Best Foreign Co-Production||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|Telluride Film Festival||Silver Medallion||Marion Cotillard||Won|
|Valladolid International Film Festival||Best Actor||Matthias Schoenaerts||Won|
|Best Director||Jacques Audiard||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Craig Davidson, Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard||Won|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Marion Cotillard||Nominated|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|World Soundtrack Awards||Soundtrack Composer of the Year||Alexandre Desplat||Nominated|
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- Rust and Bone at Metacritic
- Rust and Bone at Box Office Mojo