Friday, September 13, 2013

Rust and Bone

A self-involved MMA fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) goes from oddjob to oddjob in between neglecting care for his young son as he routinely picks up women from nightclubs. One night he escorts a beautiful orca trainer (Marion Cotillard) home to her boyfriend's place and reacquaints with her several months later after having her legs amputated following a work related injury. Rust and Bone tells the story of two emotionally and physically wounded people finding a connection with each other and thrives not thanks to cheap sentiment but due to its forthrightness, top quality filmmaking, and affecting performances from Schoenaerts and Cottilard, whose names were confoundingly absent from the list of nominees at this past year's Academy Awards.