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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 04 2013 - 05:30 AM

I went into Rust and Bone without knowing a thing about it, which  worked

greatly to my benefit.  This story about two broken people takes a rather sharp

turn early in the film, which results in a very disturbing outcome that feels

more intensified to the viewer, if not expecting it.  For that reason I am
going to give a generalized overview of the story....

As the film opens, we meet Ali (Mattias Schoenaerts), a single, homeless

father who is traveling through the South of France, trying to make ends

meet for his young son, Sam.  Ali is a street fighter and a man void of emotion.

As he settles down with a sister he hardly knows, he takes up a job as a

bouncer at a local disco club.  It is there that he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard)

whom he rescues from a fight. After driving the young woman home, he gives

her his phone number, inviting her to call if she ever needs anything.  With their

encounter being so brief, Ali never expects he will hear from the woman again.

When Stephanie's life suddenly turns to tragedy, she calls upon Ali for

companionship.  The two seem to immediately hit it off, primarily for the fact

that their relationship evolves without any emotional connection.  However, as

the story moves forward, we watch how these two unlikely individuals become an

integral part of each other's lives.

This Golden Globe Nominee for best Foreign Language Film and Best actress

is certainly worthy of attention for the powerful performances by its leads. Even

equally worthy is the special effects work that, without giving anything away,

makes you totally believe the tragic outcome that is portrayed.  Unfortunately,

it's hard to feel for any of these characters in a story that remains more gritty

than emotional.

As for the transfer itself, this is another stellar release from Sony Classics

sporting an exceptional high level of detail and warm coloration.  There isn't a

single artifact to stand in the way of this superb presentation.   There is nothing

really memorable about the 5.1 DTS MA audio track, but it does what it's supposed

to with no flaws.  Being a dialogue-driven story, most of the audio is front heavy.

However, the rears effectively come into play at many points,  fleshing out

surround effects or expanding upon many of the musical selections throughout

the film. I was surprised by the strong level of LFE during club sequences.

This French film is subtitled.  Extras include a commentary track with director

Jacques Audiard and co-screenwriter Thomas Bidegain.  There are also six

deleted scenes with commentary and two featurettes on the making of the film.

In all,  Rust and Bone is a film that may work better for most as a rental rather

than a purchase.  While I found the story to be quite powerful, it totally lacks in charm.
Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised.  These are characters that are not easy to connect with,

which makes the relationship that both form together a bit unsettling. If you see it with

absolutely no knowledge of its story or any expectations, I think you'll be as reasonably

satisfied with the film as I was....perhaps more.

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Images are for illustrative purposes only and are not actual screenshots

Ronald J Epstein
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