A beautiful romantic drama.
I am not a lover of foreign language films, but Rust and Bone is an exception, because it is an exceptional movie! The story is so powerful and the cast gave such incredible performances that I hardly noticed the sub titles. I was that engrossed in the beautiful story of Ali and Stephanie.
Rust and Bone is a French- Belgian film which tells the story of Ali (Played by Matthias Schoenaerts) and 5-year old son, Sam, (played by Armand Verdure) who arrive in Southern France, to live with his estranged sister, Anna. Money is tight all round, but Anna takes them in and quickly warms to the lovable Sam.
Ali has a passion for kick boxing, and gets a job as a bouncer in a night club, where he meets Stephanie, (played by Marion Cotillard), a young killer whale trainer, who works at a Marine Tourist Park. Stephanie has been slightly injured in a brawl at the club and Ali offers to escort her safely home.
Shortly thereafter Stephanie is injured in a tragic accident, involving one of the Orcas she works with. She wakes up in hospital, and discovers to her shock and horror that both her legs have been amputated. Marion Cotillard’s brilliant portrayal of Stephanie, coupled with superb CGI, make it hard to believe that the actress is not a double amputee!
Meanwhile Ali has become involved in backyard kick boxing fixtures and is making a bit of money on the side.
Stephanie, confined to a wheelchair, is suffering from deep depression and gives Ali a call. He visits her, talks her into going with him to the beach and carries her into the ocean, where for the first time since her accident, Stephanie feels alive again. The friendship blossoms and eventually progresses to a sexual level. Gradually the two fall in love. Ali’s kick boxing career takes off and Stephanie always accompanies him to his matches.
Many pitfalls and challenges face the two, but in the end a friendship of convenience blossoms into a beautiful romance.
The end is heartwarming and you will leave the cinema with a warm fuzzy feeling!!!
The movie premiers at cinemas, countrywide, on Friday, 11 October 2013. It’s definitely an adults' only movie, with lots of bad language, sex and nudity, not to mention blood and gore!
I saw the preview screening of this movie at the Cine Centre in the Killarney Mall, and I was impressed by the luxurious leather seats and the refined ambiance. If you have a passion for the art film circuit, and fancy seeing this movie in “first class” luxury, do yourself a favour and head on over to the Killarney Cine Centre!