Cotillard and Schoenaerts Talk the Mystery of Audiard's 'Rust and Bone' [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

by Sophia Savage
November 6, 2012 11:43 AM
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"Rust & Bone" French poster

Ali, a semi-homeless fighter and father to a young boy, offers Stéphanie no pity. Their relationship develops with few words and without much awareness from Ali, but their bond draws strength from the pain which they like to ignore. Stéphanie is attracted to the physical brutality of Ali's life, his fighting. "All this violence that is turned into power--this is something that she experiences inside herself," Cotillard says, "that's how she feels the very strong connection with him."

One of Cotillard's favorite scenes shows Ali losing a fight-- until Stéphanie gets out of the van where she's been watching him. As she moves towards him, with an unwavering look in her eye, he erupts with an unstoppable need to win. "This is the scene where the connection between the two of them is the strongest," she says. "There's this energy that flows between them. You don't need words anymore."

What Audiard does, so much of it without words, is give a shot of adrenaline to visual storytelling. "Rust and Bone" was shot by Audiard's "A Prophet" cinematographer, Stéphane Fontaine. The clip below is one of many favorites that Schoenaerts and I discuss in our interview.

The script, which Audiard co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain ("A Prophet"), was inspired by two of Craig Davidson's collection of short stories, also titled "Rust and Bone."

AFI Fest screened "Rust and Bone" on November 5 with a tribute to Cotillard, who was also tributed at Telluride.

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  • jp | November 7, 2012 5:43 PMReply

    Anne, sorry, but I respect Cotillard, because didn't care for her performance in The Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway & Joseph Gordon Levitt were the best in show in that flick.

  • jingmei | November 15, 2012 12:10 AM

    Agreed with Felipe.

  • Felipe | November 9, 2012 8:23 PM

    No, please, Hathaway is over-reacting in dark knight rises, one of the worst performance of this year, and logically Marion Cotillard is better actrees than Hathaway and with Rust and Bone Cotillard gives the best female performance of 2012

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