In Craig Davidson’s gripping short story collection Rust and Bone, individual lives and destinies are blown out of proportion, intensified by drama and accident. The stories deiupict a harsh modern world where fighting is the way the physical self finds its place and escapes its fate. Ali and Stéphanie, our two characters, do not appear in the short stories; we took ideas from Craig Davidson’s stories as a point of departure and wove them into a new story. Davidson’s collection already seems to belong to the prehistory of the project, but the power and brutality of our tale, our desire to use drama, indeed melodrama, to magnify our characters all have their immediate source in those stories.
From the very beginning of our adaptation, we were focused on a kind of cinematography that, for want of a better word, we called ‘expressionist.’ We wanted the power of stark, brutal, clashing images in order to further the melodrama. We had in mind an echo of the Great Depression. We thought of old amateur county-fair films, of the dark reality in those surreal visuals.
It is that kind of aesthetic that constantly guided us as we worked on the screenplay. It’s pitiless, yet it sustains a love story that is the true hero of the film. It shows the world though the eyes of a confused child. It underscores the nobleness of our characters in a world made violent by economic disaster. And it respects Ali and Stéphanie’s stubborn attempts to transcend their condition.
- Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
I know this is short notice, but it has been on my want to see list for several weeks. Hillcrest still has it next week too, but not at an early evening time showing. Tuesday is the best fit for me. I hope some might be able to make this tomorrow night.
January 15th, Tuesday
Movie: Rust and Bone
Running time: 2+00 MPAA: R
Meetup Time: 6:40pm
Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas
3965 5TH AVE. #200
SAN DIEGO, CA 92103
Cost: $10.50 (General) $8.50 (Senior, 62+)
Host: Stephen Wilder
Rust and Bone Official Website