Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Rust & Bone: Body & Soul
Rust & Bone is a gritty, emotionally-wrenching movie that will break your heart and paste it back together again.
It takes place on the Côte d'Azur but not the posh French Riviera we usually see in films. It involves a man and a woman who are unlike movie characters we've seen before. And it's a love story, but not the usual Hollywood hokum.
This is not love at first sight. Nor is it bickering at first words. It's love that grows from a casual acquaintance, to friendship, to friendship with benefits, to a full-blown, no-holds-barred emotion, all the richer and more surprising because neither Alain nor Stéphanie have loved before.
Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts) and Stéphanie (Marian Cotillard) move through hardship, near-tragedy and shattering disaster. Their resilience will startle and cheer you. Their love will fill you with warmth and bring you to tears.