Rust and Bone

Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Matthias Schoenaerts star in this melodrama about Ali, a single father who connects with Stephanie, an orca trainer, following a tragic accident that rids Stephanie of her legs. It’s a random relationship, one that seems to work through most of the film only because Ali is boorish enough to not treat Stephanie with kid gloves. Ali is, in other words, an asshole, and to his credit, Schoenaerts plays the asshole well (plus it doesn’t hurt that he looks good naked – and plays pretty rough while naked too). Cotillard, meanwhile, completely justifies her Oscar win a few years ago with a performance that’s equally Oscar-worthy. It’s a shame that she missed out on a well-deserved nomination this year, but with more performances like this, Cotillard should be in play again in the future.

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