Rust and Bone follows Alain (Schoenaerts) a mid-twenties dropout. Penniless and landed with a 5-year-old son to look after, he goes to stay with his sister in Antibes and starts looking for work. At a nightclub he meets Stephanie (Cotillard), a killer whale trainer at the local Marine Land. Alain is fascinated by her, but Stephanie isn't interested in him, until she suffers a tragic accident. An unusual, physical and codified relationship develops between them. As in Audiard's previous films, with Rust and Bone he takes two characters in an unlikely relationship, on the margins of society, plagued by their inner demons and obsessions, and delivers a deeply dramatic punch.
"This multi-layered film with its characters tossed like flotsam on fate's giant, unpredictable waves drenches us in the intimate details of characters" - Urbancinefile.com.au
"Two damaged souls find solace together in this gritty drama in which physical pain and disfigurement play a key role ... a stunningly delivered exposition" - Urbancinefile.com.au
"Rather like a persuasive pick-up artist, I'm not sure Rust & Bone is a film I'd want to spend a second night with, for fear of shattering the emotional illusion" - Film4