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Rust and Bone (15)

Rust and Bone (15)

Drama, Mystery

Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

The critical consensus

Although I really like Rust And Bone, its premise is preposterous at a level that could enter the Olympics of Daft, and walk away with the gold.

*****Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 28/10/2012

The redemption is a long time coming, and ambiguous when it does, leaving this a slightly unsatisfying experience.

***(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 29/10/2012

It’s the sheer strangeness of their relationship, and Audiard’s willingness to use the full force of cinema to explore it in such an emotionally direct way, that makes Rust and Bone stand out.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 01/11/2012

[Director] Audiard takes huge risks navigating his way through this pummelling workout of a film, and it’s remarkable how many of them pay off.

****(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 01/11/2012

I felt that the ending of the movie did not quite have the power of its first two acts, and I also felt that Cotillard's own presence is faded out in the final minutes. But what a love story.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/11/2012

Cotillard's superb performance keeps the film more or less honest – don't be surprised to see her tipped as favourite for a Best Actress Oscar.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 01/11/2012

Strong acting, weak script.

***(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 02/11/2012

Rust And Bone sounds sentimental and melodramatic and yet everything about the film strives towards the realistic.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/11/2012

Tense, moving, relevant, bold: a truly gripping film.

****(*)Basia Lewandowski Cummings, Little White Lies, 01/11/2012

Another triumph from Audiard and a Cotillard masterclass, this bruising, tender melodrama lingers long in the memory.

****(*)Phil de Semlyen, Empire Online, 02/11/2012

As strong as Audiard's drama is, however, it didn't affect me as much as I wanted it to, probably because its initial, harsh social realism soon goes soft.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 04/11/2012

What could be melodramatic and sentimental seems fresh and true. The picture as a whole, though, is overpacked.

Rachel Cooke, The Observer, 04/11/2012

This is not rust and bone filmmmaking, it is flesh and blood and heart and head film-making, bursting with life and demanding to be seen.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 01/11/2012

Features about Rust and Bone (15)

Preview: Rust and Bone

The Scotsman, 25/10/2012

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday November 16, 2012, until Thursday November 22, 2012. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday November 16, 2012, until Thursday November 22, 2012. More info:

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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