I mentioned earlier that I went to the movies last night and the movie du jour was the French film Rust and Bone starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. The film was a suggestion by my French friends but I’m down for any film that stars Cotillard. I must confess, I had no idea what the movie was about but I had heard good things about it and, well, that’s what we saw. I really loved the film for many reasons, most particularly because of the acting prowess of the lead players. Unlike American films that have to hit you over the head with the obvious, I really responded to the subtle nature of the storytelling employed in Rust and Bone. It’s prolly not the film for everyone but I really enjoyed it very much.
Basically, Rust and Bone tells the tale of the intersecting lives of a killer whale trainer and a down-on-his-luck fighter who meet and start up a dramatic relationship with one another. After Marion‘s character Stephanie (the trainer) suffers a sever accident, the dynamics of her relationship with Mattias‘s character Ali (the fighter) changes significantly. Ali has a son but isn’t necessarily a great father. The narrative here isn’t really a linear one. The story, once completed, isn’t really tied up in a nice bow. Rust and Bone is essentially an opportunity to get to know these somewhat flawed characters better by way the circumstances of their lives change over time. Again, I’m going to guess that not every will love this movie but I really did. I can honestly say, I was lost in the 2 hour timespan of the film and really enjoyed being in that world. If you’re looking for a film that has a bit more meat than something like Les Misérables, then I suggest Rust and Bone. Have any of y’all already seen it? What did you think of the film?