Ali, an unemployed father in his mid 20s, arrives in Antibes, southern France, to look for work to support his young son, Sam. Ali gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub but still keeps his passion burning for kick boxing. On a usual evening in the night club, Ali meets Stéphanie Ménochet and escorts her safely to her home after she is injured in a brawl at the club. She works at a local marine tourist park where she suffers a tragic accident during a show and wakes up in the hospital to realize that her legs have been amputated. Ali meets a guy at work who informs him about a kick boxing fixture he can make money from. Stéphanie, now in a wheelchair, is terminally depressed and gives Ali a call. Over a period of time, Ali and Stéphanie spend a lot of time together and get involved in casual sex every now and then, while Ali hooks up with other women as well, being honest about it with Stéphanie. Stéphanie starts to accompany Ali to the kick boxing matches and a symbiosis forms between them.
, Intertwined lives
, Lost illusions
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Articles and Reviews
"Another triumph from Audiard and a Cotillard masterclass, this bruising, tender melodrama lingers long in the memory."
"Ultimately, Rust and Bone emerges as a study of human frailty and strength, the habitual tendency toward the former and the unexpected assertions of the latter. The polarities of Audiard’s storytelling and visual approach have been crafted to reinforce this duality, with the film gathering focus and power in the second half."
"A tender yet heavily de-romanticized love story between a boxer with broken hands and an orca trainer with missing legs, “Rust and Bone” se...
"A tender yet heavily de-romanticized love story between a boxer with broken hands and an orca trainer with missing legs, “Rust and Bone” serves as an impressive if somewhat overblown exercise in contrasts, starring “Bullhead” breakout Matthias Schoenaerts and French siren Marion Cotillard as a pair whose daily fight for survival all but overwhelms the spark between them."