Rust and Bone continues French director Jacques Audiard’s exploration of unique characters in harrowing circumstances. That would include A Prophet, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, and Read My Lips, all of which found theatrical distribution domestically. Rust and Bone stars Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and shifts the narrative back and forth to tell the story from their point of view.
Truth be told, both Cotillard and Schoenaerts are dynamic screen actors and at times you feel yourself divided and rooting for one over the other, and then like a rubber band your thoughts snap back and you’re rooting for both of them. Schoenaerts with his brawny physique turns to fists fights to make money (not unlike some kind of Gallic fight club), while Cotillard who works with whales (think a French SeaWorld) suffers a life changing accident that at first renders her an invalid. Both characters struggle to climb out of the doldrums life has handed them. Schoenaerts in particular is an actor that should be on people’s radar; his relation in the movie to his young son shows a side to his character you didn’t think could exist.
Rust and Bone does not compromise asking tough questions and expects the audience to answer same. Rust and Bone opens exclusively Friday at the River Oaks Three Theatre.
– Michael Bergeron