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.
Rust and Bone
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.