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Rust and Bones

Matthias Schoenaerts helps Marion Cotillard recover her will to live after a terrible accident leaves her unable to walk By A.O. Scott

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omantic but pitiless, fearlessly emotional as well as edgy, Rust and Bone is a powerhouse. It’s the kind of risky venture only a consummate filmmaker could manage, and then only with the help of actors who are daring and accomplished. With director Jacques Audiard in charge and Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts as stars, all the pieces have fallen exactly into place. Although Rust and Bone is old fashioned and sentimental at its core, this film’s idea of romance is not everyone’s, and it’s certainly not Jane Austen’s. The story details the relationship between an arrogant trainer of orcas whose world is shattered when she loses her legs and a brutish street fighter whose thoughts are exclusively about himself. It’s set in a bleak and violent contemporary France where we worry about the protagonists’ physical and psychological well-being because we know we have to. Audiard, whose last film was the exceptional, Oscar-nominated A Prophet, has always been interested in extreme situations and the people who make their way in them. This time, he’s created an unapologetically melodramatic

film (inspired in part by Lon Chaney/Tod Browning silents like The Unknown) whose aim, he said frankly at the film’s Cannes premiere, was “to look emotions in the eye and take them to the end, even to risk going too far and being excessive and ridiculous.” But if Rust and Bone is an unashamed melodrama, it is melodrama executed by a film artist with a gift for the genre. Starting from a short story collection by Canadian Craig Davidson and working with co-writer and frequent collaborator Thomas Bidegain, Audiard is an exact calibrator of cinematic effects, someone who knows precisely how far he can push a given situation. Having constructed what is essentially a two-character drama, Audiard has been fortunate in the actors who bring it to life. Cotillard, a regular for director Christopher Nolan and a lead actress winner for La Vie en Rose, and Belgian actor Schoenaerts, who staggered audiences last year with his role in the Oscar-nominated Bullhead, convincingly convey a range of emotions that is way out of the ordinary.

The Hobbit
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The Guilt Trip
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Barbra Streisand headlines her first movie since 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces

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The Brooklyn band on how they overcame creative difficulties by working more collaboratively, eventually ending up with their best album so far, Shields.
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