A man and a woman meet but there’s nothing cute about it.
Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a rough sort, a bouncer at a nightclub in Antibes, a resort town on France’s southern coast. He comes to the rescue of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), an elegant brunette, when she is involved in an altercation at the club and her nose is bleeding.
Ali offers her a lift home. As he drives her to her apartment, Stephanie’s short skirt rides up and he covertly admires her long, shapely legs. The next time he sees her, months later, her legs are gone, amputated at mid-thigh with only short stumps remaining.
Ali and a now-disabled Stephanie’s slow-building romance and the path to self-discovery it provides for both of them is at the heart of "Rust and Bone," a moving and marvelously layered film by French director-co screenwriter Jacques Audiard. As...