Conclusion: There are few things more satisfying than seeing a perfect film get a great Blu-ray release. Thanks to Sony, the French film 'Rust and Bone' is one of those small wins. I cannot give the film itself enough praise. It's one of those rare pictures that you want to watch again immediately after seeing it for the first time. There's so much to see, hear, connect with, pick up on, and dissect, that one viewing will never be enough.
Conclusion: Rust and Bone is a fantastic film in every regard. It's beautifully shot, smartly written, and naturally acted. But it's the picture's challenging, well organized, and detailed themes about the constant inner and outer battle to make it through life, the consequences of making right and wrong choices, the real accidents and fortuitous happenings, the role of fate, the need to get up after falling down, and trying to do right even when wrong seems the better and easier...
Conclusion: Rust and Bone is certainly an interesting and involving film, though not an especially consistent or satisfying one. Good acting, complex characters, and compelling themes are not enough to entirely overlook the convoluted storytelling. It's still worth a look for those who appreciate foreign cinema and Sony's Blu-ray makes that look easy and enriching, with its strong presentation and sturdy collection of bonus features.
Conclusion: Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone is a powerful and deeply moving film about two seemingly very different people who fall madly in love with each other. It is expertly directed and features two truly extraordinary performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. StudioCanal's presentation of Rust and Bone is enormously satisfying. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
REVIEW: Marion Cotillard Bares Everything In Exceptional, Bittersweet 'Rust and Bone'
27 February 2013
Excerpt: Director Jacques Audiard's nifty 2009 prison epic A Prophet took a classic arc — the rise of a young man through a criminal world — and found in it something bracing and transformative: an anti-hero for a diverse and changing France. His deeply enjoyable new feature Rust and Bone also feels like a fresh reworking of an older mode of filmmaking; the swooning romantic melodrama shaped by tragedy.
Excerpt: After lighting up Cannes with A Prophet , his sober yet gripping thriller about an Algerian immigrant who works his way up the prison hierarchy, director Jacques Audiard invited (and received) ridicule with Rust And Bone , a silly-sounding love story between a street fighter and a whale trainer who loses both legs to an orca.
Excerpt: On the surface Rust and Bone is a less frivolous, lower-key approach to the same plot we recently saw in Untouchable : the friendship that emerges between a settled, comfortably well off person who is suddenly struck down with a severe disability, and a drifter on the fringes of society who shows them that life can go on. But where Untouchable was unafraid to tug at the heartstrings and stay largely up tempo, Rust and Bone takes a different tack.
Summary: An impressive if somewhat overblown exercise in contrasts, starring "Bullhead" breakout Matthias Schoenaerts and French siren Marion Cotillard as a pair whose daily fight for survival all but overwhelms the spark between them.