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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    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.

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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