ALI (Matthias Schoenaerts) finds himself with a five-year-old child on his hands. SAM (Armand Verdure) is his son, but he hardly knows him. Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister ANNA (Corinne Masiero) in Antibes, in the south of France. There things improve immediately. She puts them up in her garage, she takes the child under her wing and the weather is glorious.

Ali, a man of formidable size and strength, gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub. He comes to the aid of STEPHANIE (Marion Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Aloof and beautiful, Stephanie seems unattainable, but in his frank manner Ali leaves her his phone number anyway.

Stephanie trains orca whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. When Ali sees her next, Stephanie is confined to a wheel chair: she has lost her legs and quite a few illusions.

Ali’s direct, unpitying physicality becomes Stephanie’s lifeline, but Ali too is transformed by Stephanie’s tough resilience.And Stephanie comes alive again. As their stories intersect and diverge, they navigate a world where strength, beauty, youth and blood are commodities-but where trust, truth, loyalty and love cannot be bought and sold, and courage comes in many forms.

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard

Marion Cotillard , Matthias Schoenaerts , Armand Verdure

RUNNING TIME: 123 minutes


COUNTRY: France, Belgium

BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)

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Passion is a word casually thrown around in the movies; so few films come anywhere near it, but Jacques Audiard’s film really is passionate, surging out of the screen like a tidal wave. Brutal realism is offset by romanticism, idealism, even a flawed human grandeur … Click here for the full review
… Movies, though, never come to life on paper, and shouldn’t be blamed just because a synopsis can’t do them justice. On film, Rust and Bone is bruising, beautiful, and fierce, a love story written in scar tissue, acted with galvanising intelligence, and directed like a dream … Click here for the full review

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Liberally adapted from Craig Davidson’s short-story collection, Rust And Bone poses that age-old question: what do you do when life serves you lemons? If you’d seen Jacques Audiard’s last two films, A Prophet or The Beat My Heart Skipped, you might reasonably expect the answer to involve a razor blade or the bruised face of some unlucky perp. Here, though, the Frenchman is on more gentle, if no less citric form, delivering one of the year’s most intimate, human films … Click here for the full review and rating
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.The motivational mulch behind 1,000 feel-good dramas has all but lost its power.The great achievement of Jacques Audiard’s visceral, relentlessly tense drama (based loosely on a collection of short stories by Craig Davidson) is that it manages to give this old cliché a bracing new life … Click here for the full review and rating