Following The Beat That My Heart Skipped and the formidable A Prophet, Jacques Audiard restages the tussle between violence and love over a man’s soul. With mesmerising performances from both Marion Cotillard and Belgian newcomer Matthias Schoenaerts, as well as breathtaking CGI effects, Rust and Bone is a poetic romance between prizefighter Ari, who fights to eat, and whale trainer Stéphanie rebuilding her life after a marine accident. A desperate fight against the elements for survival, Audiard’s film is an emotionally rewarding affirmation of the un-crushable nature of the human spirit.
De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) | Directed by Jacques Audiard, (France 2012) with Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts. Starts January 10