Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) Friday, 03 April 2020

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, violence and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Gritty tale that cuts to the marrow.

  • Starring:

    Marion Cottilard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette, Corinne Masiero, Bouli Lanners

  • Directed by:

    Jacques Audiard

  • Running time:

    123 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    A bouncer breaks up a bar-fight; a glass door is smashed. An accident during a live orca show results in an animal handler and debris falling into the water (seen from below surface). A man cleans filth off a screaming child with a hose. An orca attack is seen in flashback. A woman intending to harm herself steals a scalpel. Boxing training. A man kicks a dog. Frequent street-fighting is seen in close-up, on a television screen and on a computer. A man shakes a child in anger; child falls and hits his head. A man hits his head against a car seat. A man's face is smashed with a glass of champagne. A face is slapped. A rifle is held to a man's head. Threats are made. A man smashes though a layer of ice. Blood/gore: Bloody noses, bloody and scabbed fists, bloody knee, blood on clothing, scratched faces, bloody gashes, scars, stitches. A tooth is knocked out. Pools of blood are seen on the ground. Blood is spat, splattered, smeared. Bruising, swelling, bandages. Fresh and healing injuries are seen. A body is seen floating in water with blood. A child has dog poo and filth on his skin, clothing. Skin is tattooed (the needle is seen). A child falls into an icy lake (inert body is seen beneath ice layer). Blood on ice. A body is pulled from icy water.


    Frequent sex scenes. Obvious sex movements and noises are heard. Sense of desperate passion. A man pulls a woman's hair during sex. Passionate kissing. Nudity: A man is frequently seen naked (chest and back-view). The breasts and bottoms of several different women are seen. Female pubic region is seen. A man's genitals are seen. Activity-appropriate beachwear. Activity-appropriate gym-wear. Nipples are visible through clothing. Sexual activity is discussed.


    Alcohol (beer, champagne, spirits). Smoking. Gambling (illegal street-fighting). Drunken behaviour. A man talks about how a child was used for smuggling drugs. Drug and alcohol use is questioned in a job interview.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory terms for females, crap.


    Tragedy, desperation, rehabilitation, parental neglect, single-parenting, disability, recovery, amputation, friendship, survival, fighting, willpower, coping, agoraphobia, courage, defiance, overcoming adversity, accidents, self-pity.


    Hospital setting. A child is assumed drowned. A comatose child is seen in a hospital bed. People with missing limbs are seen in a rehab facility. A cast is applied to thighs, rehabilitation methods are seen. Sunlight flashes and glare resemble strobe lighting. Urinating is seen and heard. Wintry outdoor setting. Train travel, hitch-hiking, scavenging for discarded food, theft. Dogs, killer whales, pet fish. A child refers to his father by his first name. Slaughterhouse, fractured hands (mentioned). French audio with subtitles.


    Pitiless, emotional, edgy, bleak, seismic. Contemporary mode of romantic storytelling. Brilliant performances. Astonishing CGI.


    Excessive running time pushes drama into mediocrity. Fears that disability is being stereotyped or misunderstood. Kitschy use of soundtrack. Predictable, contrived.

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