BAD NEWS: Rust and Bone did not open in Seattle on November 23. That is the date that it went into limited distribution in the USA which did not include the Seattle market. The Seattle Times of Sunday, Nov. 25, says that it will be released locally in 2013 on a date to be determined. This event will be rescheduled for 2013.
We will viewing the highly acclaimed French/Belgium drama "Rust and Bone" that stars Oscar winning Marion Cotillard ("Le Vie en Rose"). Here is a description of the film taken from rottentomatoes.com:
"A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. Lonely and destitute, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though Stephanie's position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to Ali. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with Ali -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life."
This film is in French with English subtitles.
Here is a link to a trailer for this film:
Rust and Bone trailer
This film has a 91 rating on rottentomatoes.com (i.e., 91% of all reviews have been positive). Here is a link to that site you can read or scan all the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer - Rust and Bone
Here are some brief reviews:
It's a marvelous movie, gorgeous and thoughtful and deeply felt. (NPR)
The movie takes a contrived-sounding romance and turns it into a visceral, idiosyncratic exploration of battered bodies in search of souls. (The Atlantic)
Meet me at the lobby of the theater 15 minutes prior to show time (approximately 7:00 pm). I am an Asian male who wears glasses and will probably be wearing a hat of some type (khaki beret, black rain hat, multi-color African cap). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the film.
At the conclusion of the film (this means after all of the credits have been shown) there will be an optional food and beverage stop at a nearby cafe or restaurant. Meet me outside the theater if it is not raining, and in the lobby if it is raining.
This meetup is co-listed with the Seattle Cinema Club and the Seattle French Conversation meetup group.