""Rust and Bone" is a strong, emotionally replete experience, and also a tour de force of directorial
--A.O. Scott, New York Times
"It's a marvelous movie, gorgeous and thoughtful and deeply felt."
--Linda Holmes, NPR
"Audiard, who made the uncompromising prison saga A Prophet, is like a gritty, realist Douglas Sirk throwing his characters into whirlwind scenarios that are filled with big emotions and fateful turns of events."
--Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There is something about two broken people trying to create something whole between them that is endlessly appealing to movie audiences."
--Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
From the Award Winning Director of THE PROPHET, starring Academy Award Winner Marion Cotillard
A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though Stephanie's position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to Ali. Her spirit broken, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living through transcendent moments spent with Ali -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life.
2012 * France * 108 mins * Mystery & Suspense, Drama * Rated R