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    Rust and Bone (2012): Movie Review

    A city of love. Economic hardship. Family breakdown. Brutality. Sex. Healing. Romance. These are some of the elements that make up the 2012 French-Belgian romantic drama film Rust and Bone (French: De rouille et d’os).

    The movie opens up with 5-year old Sam saying ”I’m hungry”, an analogy to the general theme of the film which speaks of needs and desires, and the urge to satisfy them. This speaks of a universal emotion, and instantly, and audience are drawn into this absurd and comic, yet haunting and haunting love story.

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    Later, Sam and his mid-20s single father Ali arrives in Antibes, France, to look for work. Unemployed and without money, Ali lives with his sister Anna who is burdened with problems of her own. Ali is portrayed by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Schoenaerts is a sex symbol and his debut appearance was in the 1992 Oscar-nominated film ”Daens” when he was still 15. Since then, he had starred in several highly-acclaimed films such as the thriller ”Loft” (2008) and the true-to-life drama ”Bullhead” (2011). Truly, Schoenaerts had marked his caliber not only int the Belgian cinemas but also in the international circle.

    Ali soon gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub, and still, he keeps his passsoin for kick boxing burning. Now comes Stephanie, a party girl who can make every man cry. She and Ali meet at the nightclub, and after a brawl, Ali escorted her back to her home. Stephanie is played by none other than the gorgeous French actress and singer Marion Cotillard who just starred in such quality films as ”A Very Lone Engagement” (2004), ”La Vie en rose” (2007), ”Nine” (2009), ”Inception” (2010), ”Midnight in Paris” (2011), ”Contagion” (2011), and ”The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). I have nothing much to say about her except that her soul in acting far exceeds her magnificent beauty. Her body of work simply speaks for her.

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    In the movie, Stephanie works in a local marine tourist park as an orca trainer. One day, a tragic accident happened in the park during a show, after which Stephanie wakes up in the hospital bed, only to realize that both of her legs have been amputated. It was a breaking moment as she grasps with the reality of her conditions. As she weeps and groans with the uncertainty of her life and future, Cotillard shines as silver in her performance here, an explosion of her talent and prowess.



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