Rumour on twitter has it that Marion Cotillard has arrived back in Cannes today, as has ‘De rouille et d’os‘ (Rust & Bone) director Jacques Audiard. Tonight is the closing ceremony where the awards will be handed out. Can we see this as a sign that Marion Cotillard will be awarded the Best Actress award?
In the past weeks critics have praised her performance as Stéphanie, the French calling it her best performance yet and the English speaking press saying it’s up there with La Vie en Rose. Many have also praised the movie itself. Go here for a summary for English reviews and here for French reviews. On numerous occasions, the press has given the movie good chances for tonight’s ceremony or even for Awards Season early next year (Huffington Pot, Indiwire, Hollywood.com, Toronto.com).
In these scenes, Cotillard shows she doesn’t need the validation of Cannes or the Academy. Her strong, subtle performance is gloriously winning on its own.
• Source: Time Entertainment
Its candour and force are matched by the commitment and intelligence of its two leading players. These factors, linked with the glowing sunlit images captured by cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine and emotion-grabbing music from Alexandre Desplat make for a powerful spectacle. It is a passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide.
• Source: The Guardian
The movie, out in theatres throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland since its premiere at Cannes, is also doing well financially. In its first week it was #1 a the box office with 652,000 entries at 394 cinemas (Ozap.com) – putting ‘Dark Shadows‘ and ‘Avengers‘ on second and third places. UGC has thus increased the number of screens (Le Parisien). In French-speaking Switzerland it made the #5 spot with 5,901 visitors on 9 screens (Hitparade.ch).
I myself went to see ‘De rouille et d’os‘ on May 18 and was deeply impressed. On paper it seems like a traditional love story with some Lifetime-movie-elements thrown in. However, it is so much more. In fact, the reason for it being so good lay in the wonderful combination of performance, cinematography and soundtrack. Things beyond words, which is why I can’t really find the right words to explain why I loved it and why I was so moved. Let me just say that Jacques Audiard is really a genius for never letting any scene become cheesy. And Marion Cotillard’s performance is indeed very strong. While its powerful, daring and out there it is a the same time also quiet and subtle. Really magnifique. If she wins something tonight it will be well-deserved!