De rouille et d'os

Rust and bone

DVD - 2013 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
De rouille et d'os
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A homeless father and street boxer struggling to support his son and a severely injured killer whale trainer's lives intersect and form an intensifying bond that fractures the considerable defensive armor each is accustomed to wearing.


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Feb 15, 2015
  • nptphoto rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Proof that a French movie can be even worse than the meretricious "Tell No One." These movies are so ugly that the viewer receives an indelible sense of how bad the cipher characters must smell. The killer whales give better performances, despite being treated as aquatic murder weapons by the worthless director, than the wormy humans. While Marion Cotillard looks terrible with listless long hair (she either needs a curling iron or a bob) the non-actor playing her cruddy boyfriend and his butch little son could, between them, kill off all interest in the buzz cut. This vile movie about boring, white-trash non-entities is a DISASTER, and that's phrasing it charitably, folks. The director's music choices fall somewhere between cynical and the pits.

Jan 25, 2015
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I started off not caring for this movie, but glad I stuck with it.

Jan 10, 2015
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting movie, but I spent most of the time thinking about the CGI effects used to erase the actress' legs. The fight scenes are violent and graphic.

Dec 31, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ali is a down-on-his-luck boxer eking out a living for himself and his young son through petty crime and odd jobs. Stephanie works as an animal trainer at the local aquarium. The two cross paths one night when Stephanie is an innocent victim of a barroom brawl at the club where Ali is working as a bouncer. At first the two seem destined for little more than one brief encounter, but when Stephanie suffers a devastating accident at work she decides to give Ali one more call... Tales of damaged people coming together to heal each other are something of a Hollywood cliché, but in the capable hands of director Jacques Audiard and his powerhouse cast a simple tale becomes something quite profound.

Oct 23, 2014
  • re_discover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Rust and Bone" had a lot of potential- there are many simply beautiful scenes; however, I would have liked to have seen a lot more character development of Ali.

Sep 29, 2014
  • ehm_chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was absolutely transfixed the entire 2 hours. As I watched this, I was thinking "This is how people actually talk to each other" — sometimes curt, flippantly... and yet not overtly acted or staged. It is indeed a tough film to watch — especially seeing a child being treated badly or in danger — and is incredibly gritty and raw, but also nuanced and engaging. Unbelievable special effects too.

Sep 19, 2014
  • hecto rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An optimist might say that in the hands of really skilled direction (the Dardenne brothers? but would they have touched it?) there might just possibly have been some hope for making a watchable film from this story. But as it stands we are given a poor script, a strangely lifeless Marion Cotillard, and a 'redemption' story that takes a long time to get there and is unconvincing when it does. A disappointment.

Aug 24, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mattias Schoenaerts plays a tough guy with no heart who meets Marion Cotillard, an Orca trainer who soon loses her legs in an Orca accident. He helps her overcome her dread of life with no legs, but Marion means no more to him than any other person on the planet. What is worse, he has difficulty treating his son with love and consideration. Mattias becomes addicted to extreme fighting, but his indifferent feelings towards his son and Marion are worse than any addiction on the planet. He’ll break your heart and not even know or care. Will he get his comeuppance?

Aug 02, 2014
  • BertBailey rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Pretty candid and sometimes raw treatment of human desire, involving a paraplegic and a fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts). Hers for him, mostly. Marion Cotillard is excellent, taking this as far as imaginable from vulgarity, and helping make it a sensitive story about human need beyond the primordial, animal level where it all begins and ends.

Jul 01, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

did I really watch this film? well, not all of it. poor acting, bad story, really bad.

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Mar 28, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Several sexual situations; some nudity.

Mar 28, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Bare-knuckle fighting. Pretty bloody and violent.

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