De rouille et d’os [Rust and Bone] (2012)

De rouille et d’os
Director: Jacques Audiard
Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain
Based on: Craig Davidson‘s story
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Vedure, Céline Sallette, Bouli Lanners

Plot:
Ali (Matthais Schoenaerts) was just recently put in charge of his son Sam (Armand Vedure). Completely overwhelmed by the situation and having no money at all, he leaves his home and moves in with his sister Anna (Corinne Masiero). There he finds a new job as a bouncer, through which he meets Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard) who declines his advances. While Ali moves from job to job, the only constant in his life his passion for boxing, Stéphanie’s life is shattered when she has an accident at the aqua park and loses both her legs. In her desperation, she calls Ali again and the two of them become friends.

Rust and Bone is a beautiful film, both to look at and to experience. It hits all the right notes, and both Ali and Stéphanie are extraordinary, intriguing characters, played to perfection by Schoenaerts and Cotillard.

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L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) [House of Tolerance] (2011)

L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Writer: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca, Adèle Haenel, Alice Barnole, Iliana Zabeth, Noémie Lvovsky

Plot:
As the 19th century draws to a close, Marie-France’s (Noémie) brothel has a good reputation and is rather well-visited. Nevertheless Marie-France struggles with debt just as her girls struggle with their debt to her. As they engage with the clients in more and much less benign ways and find the support they need in the friendships with each other, all of them dream of freedom.

L’Apollonide is a fantastic movie with wonderful actresses, a great story and beautiful settings that grabbed me from the start and didn’t let me go again.

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