Friday, January 4, 2013


Original title De rouille et d’os
In French with English subtitles

Matthias Schoenaerts: a mid 20’s single father Ali
Armand Verdure: his 5-year-old son Sam
Corinne Masiero: Ali’s sister Anna
Marion Cotillard: Stéphanie, trainer at Marineworld
Céline Sallette: her best friend Louise

The screen story is choppy and could do with a rewrite. Case in point: Ali sees a woman smoking and says something to the effect “nice day isn’t it?” and the next scene is a close-up of them making love. Like where’s the rest of that encounter?

Speaking of sex, it strikes me that the love ‘em and leave ‘em, wham/bam thank you ma’am-type encounters coupled with the extended violent brutal fights serve only to justify the R rating and not advance the story in a meaningful way. Furthermore the film is too long at two hours. Next time they should hire a competent screen editor.

And there are many inexplicable situations that make no sense, that defy logic. For example why does Stéphanie call Ali of all people whom she’s only known for half an hour at most? And once she gets to know him better why continue the relationship with such an irresponsible, inconsiderate, uneducated, boorish man? Surely she can do better! It simply does not ring true.

There is only one reason to see the movie: to experience the wonderful performance of Cotillard yourself. Other than that, there is nothing else of any redeeming value to it.

 for strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, violence and language.

Something got lost in translation: there is no literal reference to either rust or bones. Perhaps it’s meant in a philosophical manner?

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