If you're looking for an incredible story to tell, look no further than 1920s United States. As the new trailer for James Gray's 'The Immigrant' makes abundantly clear, few time periods have been so complex, so strange and so simultaneously beautiful and ugly. Although it played the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, this project has been laying pretty low. However, now that we've seen the slightly NSFW French trailer, we can't wait to see the final film.
We've seen the "bravely facing disability" actor's showpiece film before. And we've seen the character-driven, slice-of-life drama with a French vagabond who is a jerk but still sympathetic. But have we seen them together? No! And that's why 'Rust & Bone,' the latest from director Jacques Audiard ('Un Prophete,' 'The Beat That My Heart Skipped,') is bound to end up a word-of-mouth favorite.
It is, indeed, a juicy film but I think that if you scratch past the surface you'll find that, really, it's just pure soap opera that doesn't add up to that much.
Sometimes the math is simple. Put an award winning actress (here, Marion Cotilard, best known for her work in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' and 'The Dark Knight Rises', and Oscar winner for 'La Vie En Rose') in a movie about triumph and love in the face of great physical and emotional hurdles, and it's very likely that you're looking at an awards contender. It's possible to watch the trailer for 'Rust and Bone' and see a serious, interesting movie. We see that, but we also see the frontrunner for best foreign film.
With all the hustle and bustle leading up to the release of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises,' -- the final film in his Batman trilogy -- it's been easy to forget that Marion Cotillard has a role in the film.
Cotillard recently revealed some details on her character, but reader beware -- spoilers within!