Foreign films aren’t prevalent enough in our culture. We become very closed minded in America and tend to believe that Hollywood is the only place movies can be made. We forget about what is being done abroad. We forget about the French New Wave era, and the famous films of Akira Kurosawa and all of their impact on American cinema. Rust & Bone is a fantastic French film about a penniless man and his son, Ali and Sam. The two move in with Ali’s sister and Ali works to find his place. He finds it relatively quickly in security where he meets a young woman named Stephanie. Steph faces an extremely traumatic event and seeks out Ali more for companionship, but he changes her attitude on life through a less sympathetic approach to her accident. I don’t want to give too much away because if you couldn’t tell from my earlier rant I truly think you should stop reading this and go see the film right now.

But this movie is more than just the typical father/son revelatory film. Don’t get me wrong, Ali and Steph do eventually face their issues instead of running from them, but it’s how they eventually do that really sucks you in. The father/son relationship falls by the wayside for a bit while Ali and Steph’s relationship grows, and it all comes to a head when an extreme accident again brings them both together. The film stars Marion Cotillard who you might recognize from such American films as Inception, The Dark Knight, and Big Fish. She has everything a Hollywood actress needs to pull the big roles and it shows in her stunning role here. Ali, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, also kills his role. If the story needed the help, the acting would have made up for it, but really everything clicks here. Forget about having to read subtitles and go check this out, it will remind you how great foreign films can be, and definitely touch your heart in the process.

The Soundtrack to the film is something else all together, featuring tracks from Bon Iver, The B52’s and Katy Perry along with an original score by Alexandre Desplat. The combination comes together really well, With Bon Iver’s The Wolves (Act I and II) epitomizing the film as it plays near the end and sets the final tone with its haunting vocals. The Katy Perry and B52’s tracks may seem out of place, but they fit in quite well for what they are used for, (Perry played during the Orca Whale show). The original score falls into place without noticing it too much, but the addition of the American numbers make the soundtrack come to life. Here in New York the movie is playing at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in Soho and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on the West side. The Soundtrack can be found on Amazon. Check out the trailer and some of the songs below.  — Steven Pipps


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