Usually I start off my reviews with a question, but I can’t quite think of one to hook you all. Rust and Bone is a drama and a romance but the haphazard storytelling made me question if I really liked the film, loved it or thought, at times, perhaps being a female from America I just don’t get it. So I am confused.
The story is about two people who become connected in each other’s lives. Both are experiencing low points and companionship appears to their best solution. Yes, it turns romantic but after completing the story, I am not sure it ended on a happy one. I should probably view this film again to write the review, but usually I don’t do that. My gut reaction/opinion is usually pretty strong on a film with one viewing. So, I am not sure what is going on exactly.
I saw this in the theatre as it just opened up in the States. The cinema wasn’t too crowded (although had one annoying patron loudly reacting from time to time) to distract me from the story. Reading subtitles was not a problem either, stayed with the story just fine. So, what’s the issue?
Perhaps it was the storytelling and they way the director/screenwriter spun the tale that is making it difficult to write my typical review.
Marion Cotillard stars in this film. We have all seen her in a plethora of movies, both French and US , and she was fantastic in Rust and Bone as she always is in everything she touches. She played a far different character than I am accustomed to watching though but that’s didn’t throw off the film at all. Her skill is flawless in Rust and Bone but this character I could not figure out or know if I understood her completely. Again, I am not sure if it was the way she performed it or the way the story was told on the whole. Maybe I would have liked more of a background on her character – or maybe being left in the dark about the whole character was refreshing.
I do know I didn’t care for the male lead, not the acting, but the person he portrayed. Matthias Schoenaerts was great but the character
was one I could not empathize with or understand. Yes, he was good looking but he had a few too many faults that I just couldn’t get past and couldn’t fully grasp the attraction Marion Cotillard’s character felt. But therein lies the rub: We can never fully explain why we fall in love with someone, AND no one is perfect; so why can’t I just let go and let this fictional couple be? Is it because I am a woman and find the lead male unforgivable with some of his actions; or that I am an American and our sexual proclivities are viewed differently than European’s?
See why I am at a loss?
I did enjoy the film; and being in this kind of flux about a story is a treat for me. Watching as many films as I do, sometimes I see a film, write about it and then forget it. Rust and Bone is lingering. That is a good thing even if feeling like I can’t fully dissect, delve deep enough or comprehend certain aspects of this film might drive me a little nuts. Thinking about art is ALWAYS a good thing.
My recommendation is to see Rust and Bone, but by all means, do not read summaries of the film like the ones on IMDb or such. Those summaries almost dumb down the meaning or the essence of the story to make it a purely romantic one, and might lead you to believe it is one type of film. It is not – this film portrays a more authentic story with layers juxtaposed within that might make you question its intent. It was a surprise to me so let it be a surprise to you.
One last thing: Pay close attention to the narrator at the very end and what is said.
Directed (and co-written) by Jacques Audiard, Sony Picture Classics, 2012/2013
Starring: Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Length: 120 minutes
Review: 7 out of 10
Originally posted on Tired of Previews