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It all begins in the North of France. Ali suddenly finds himself with a five year old child on his hands. Sam is his son, but he hardly knows him. Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister in Antibes. There things improve immediately. She puts them up in her garage, she takes the child under her wing and the weather is glorious. Ali first runs into Stephanie during a night club brawl. He drives her home and leaves her his phone number. He is poor, she is beautiful and self-assured. Stephanie trains killer whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. When Ali sees her next, his princess is confined to a wheel chair: she has lost her legs and quite a few illusions. He simply helps her, with no compassion or pity. And she comes alive again.


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Rust and Bone
Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Craig Davidson
Jacques Audiard, Martine Cassinelli, Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat
120 minutes
Why Not Productions
French
17 May 2012 (France), 16 Nov 2012 (US)
Armand Verdure (Sam), Bouli Lanners (Martial), Celine Sallette (Louise), Corrine Masiero (Anna), Jeanmichel Correia (Richard), Marion Cotillard (Stéphanie), Matthias Schoenaerts (Alain van Versch)

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The film was produced by Why Not Productions for €15.4 million. It was co-produced with France 2 Cinéma, Page 114 and the Belgian company Les Films du Fleuve. Filming started on 4 October 2011 and lasted eight weeks. Locations were used Antibes, Cannes, Belgium, Paris, northern France, and Brussels. To prepare for the role, Cotillard took swimming lessons and spent a week at Marineland to learn how to direct whales. Explaining how the team adjusted to Stéphanie having no legs, Cotillard told: “When we did the first costume fitting, we had to try those pants that were empty of my legs and I had to fold my legs in the wheelchair. That image was so powerful that we kept it throughout the movie. And also we worked with amazing CGI guys.”

Awards:
Won – Étoiles d’Or
Won – Globes de Cristal Award
Won – Hawaii International Film Festival
Won – Irish Film and Television Awards (Best International Actress)
Won – Hollywood Film Festival (Best Actress of the Year)
Won – Sant Jordi Awards (Best Foreign Actress)
Won – Telluride Film Festival (Silver Medallion)
Won – International Cinephile Society

Nominated – César Awards
Nominated – Golden Globe Awards
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Awards
Nominated – AACTA Awards
Nominated – Lumiere Awards
Nominated – British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association
Nominated – Dublin Film Critics Circle
Nominated – Rembrandt Awards (Best International Actress)
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards