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"Rust and Bone" - highly rated French film with Marion Cotillard

We will be attending the 4:15 screening of the 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

"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 81 rating on (i.e., 81% 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)

We will attend a late afternoon screening of "Rust and Bone" at the Harvard Exit Theater on Capitol Hill. Meet me at the lobby of the theater at 4:00 (ie, 15 minutes before the program begins). 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.

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.

George Liu




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  • Susan B.

    Excellent portrayal of strong male and strong female characters plus some development of those characters.

    January 24, 2013

  • Pati G.

    Very enjoyable

    January 22, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Jacques is such a gifted director. In my opinion, I think he is one of the best filmaker currently. It was a powerful romantic drama and I found it to be a lot like Read My Lips. It was an absorbing love story. This was my second viewing.

    January 22, 2013

  • Don

    Didn't think I'd like it but I did. Cotillard can do no wrong. The characters engaged me with a story unique and surprising. Of course, loved the orca despite his sampling of human limbs. Tastes like chicken.

    January 22, 2013

  • Tammye Read w.

    Find Your Valentine at SAFE HAVEN movie screening - FREE with Urban on a Budget meet up group at Bellevue Lincoln Feb 11 6pm

    January 21, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Thought provoking to say the least. This will be on my mind for days (in a very good way).

    January 21, 2013

  • Edie D.

    Hi folks,
    new in town here, anyone in Wedgewood(or NE) headed to the movie?
    I'd gladly meet you and pitch in for gas.
    Edie [masked]

    January 19, 2013

  • Howard L

    There is great bus service from the U or downtown as another possibilty to over come the parking issue to Capitol Hill. The last time I was up there I found street parking 7 blocks away but I am not going to say where.

    January 18, 2013

  • Jason M.

    Any tips on parking? Can't imagine street parking has improved any on cap hill since I lived there a decade ago.

    January 17, 2013

    • Maria M.

      I think someone mentioned to me that there was a Safeway in that area that allowed parking for a nominal fee. Does anyone know where that Safeway is?

      January 17, 2013

    • George L.

      The Broadway Safeway was closed years ago. The nearest store in that chain is located near Group Health which is long ways away - way too far to walk.

      January 17, 2013

  • Susan

    Hi George--didn't intend to discuss politics, or promote agenda, thought they may be events of interest. Bit of a newbie here. Thanks for the clarification. Will keep it on topic of film at hand. Susan

    January 16, 2013

    • Pam M

      George let it go.............Susan it is ok!

      January 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, George is the organizer, and his comments were instructive, not argumentative or aggressive. I think it's up to him to decide what's OK and what's not OK for the group posting, and to state and re-state, just as he states other rules. Susan took the feedback, and acknowledged the error.

      January 17, 2013

  • George L.

    Comments that do not pertain to cinema related topics will be deleted. This is especially true if the comment pertains to politics or religion.

    January 15, 2013

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