Rust and Bone

Here’s “a truly amazing new film” (Maine Film Center Programmer Ken Eisen) from the director of A PROPHET  and THE BEAT MY HEART SKIPPED, nominated for Best Actress and Best Foreign Film Golden Globes. “If I tell you that RUST AND BONE is a love story about a killer-whale trainer and a single-dad kickboxer, it sounds like one kind of movie. But what if I add that it stars Oscar winner and INCEPTION co-star Marion Cotillard as a woman who loses her legs in a bizarre accident? Or if I tell you that it’s a vibrant, violent and ferociously sexy film driven by a soundtrack heavy on Anglo-American dance-pop? (This is a movie to dance to, or make love to, not one to sit around with glasses of overpriced wine and chat about.) Then if I tell you it’s a French film, a showcase for extraordinary acting and moments of cinematic abstraction, an acrid social commentary, and in some sense an heir to the classic romances spun by Max Ophüls and Eric Rohmer and Jean-Luc Godard, it sounds like something else again…. All of which is to say that my attempt to describe RUST AND BONE adequately is likely to fail, and so is anybody else’s. You should just go see it, because it has a visual command and powerful narrative undertow all its own. RUST AND BONE is one of the year’s best films precisely because it can’t be boiled down to a message or synopsis. It’s an exercise in style that risks trashiness in search of transcendence, and it’s a sizzling celebration of the power of music, the power of images, and the electric, destructive power of the human body.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. In French with English subtitles. R. 115 Min.

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