REVIEW: Marion Cotillard Bares Everything In Exceptional, Bittersweet 'Rust and Bone'
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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.
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.
Summary: Rust and Bone is one of the grittiest Human Dramas of the past decade. It's a challenging watch on a number of emotional levels, and it's that rough authenticity, its difficult adult themes, and its expert craftsmanship that make it a near instant classic. Director Jacques Audiard's ( A Prophet ) latest is another masterpiece that drives to the core of mankind on a very raw but also very detailed level.
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.
Excerpt: Alain (Matthias Schoenarts, Bullhead ) is a nightclub bouncer who has recently been tasked with serving as the sole guardian of his young son (Armand Verdure). Alain's been struggling financially in recent times, so he moves in with his estranged sister Anna (Corrine Masiero, In the Beginning ) for a while. As time passes, Alain finds balancing work and fatherhood a much greater struggle than he imagined it would be.
Summary: Nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Ot Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard's "De rouille et d'os" a.k.a "Rust and Bone" arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of StudioCanal. The supplemental features on the disc include an original trailer for the film; making of featurette; deleted scenes; special effects demonstration piece, and audio commentary with director Jacques Audiard, co-writer Thomas Bidegain, and journalist Arnaud Calistri.
Conclusion: Rust and Bone is a love story, but instead of seeing two lead actors fall in love like traditional movies would do, this film shows us how each individual character is transformed by the person they encounter to the point where they love one another. This change of pace, combined with the stellar work of the leads in this film helps lift it past normal films in the genre into something truly special.
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.