Rust and Bone
by Tony Medley
year I reluctantly went to see a French film entitled, The
Intouchables. About a blind man who forms a touching, nonsexual
relationship with his male caretaker, it sounded dark and depressing. It
was anything but. One of the best pictures of the year it was comedic
and uplifting and based on fact.
There is nothing
comedic or uplifting about Rust and Bone. Worse, this film falls
prey to the same sickness that troubles other films where a director
directs his own script. Jacques Audiard directs a script he cowrote with
Thomas Bidegain from a short story collection by Craig Davidson. He made
it far too long. This flunked the watch test dismally. At one point my
companion asked me how much longer there was to go. When I said 40
minutes, she groaned.
loses both legs in an accident and befriends Matthias Schoenaerts, a
vulgar, insensitive bohemian working as a security agent. The story is
basically about how a beautiful woman who loses her legs in the prime of
life deals with it and the relationship between Cotillard and Matthias.
fresh off his brilliant performance in Bullhead (2012) where he
played a tough gangster. He actually gained weight for this because he
didn't want to appear with a conventional hero's ripped physique because
his character here is one who is strong, but not trained. His character
had boxed for years and then dropped out and gained weight.
to make some money by entering unsupervised bareknuckle fights. This
results in an overabundance of violent, bloody scenes that can cause one
to want to avert his or her eyes.
What might make
the film worth seeing, however, apart from the fine acting by Cotillard
and Schoenaerts is the wonderful CGI that makes it look as if Cotillard
actually had her legs cut off for the movie. It is extraordinarily
contains several scenes of both male and female nudity. Although the
acting is superb, it is far too long and without one iota of humor. A
movie this heavy needs some humor to lighten the load and move it along.
October 31, 2012