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Five things we learned at the press conference for Blood Ties, featuring Marion Cotillard

Blood Ties, French director Guillaume Canet’s fourth feature film about a pair of brothers (played by Billy Crudup and Clive Owen) — one a cop, the other a criminal — in 1970’s New York. Marion Cotillard plays the mother of Chris’s (Owen) children, who’s trying to run her own brothel.

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There’s no rust on Cotillard

The French actress — who already has an Oscar (as well as a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Cesar) for her performance a few years ago as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose — now stars in Rust and Bone, a drama that may net her another Oscar nod. As awards season begins, she’s already been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and for a Golden Globe for her performance, and Rust and Bone is also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Interview: Marion Cotillard

Oscar winner Marion Cotillard talks directors, CGI and why she’s suspicious of big studio movies. Marion Cotillard won an Oscar before she became a star. The actor now familiar to Christopher Nolan fans as Mal in Inception and Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises grabbed the Academy’s best actress prize for her full-throttle performance in La Vie En Rose (among a select few to do so for a foreign-language performance).

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The Argument: Marion Cotillard, Hollywood’s favourite French actress, gets unleashed in Rust and Bone

The first time I saw Marion Cotillard in the flesh was at this year’s TIFF. The jaw-droppingly gorgeous French actress was standing atop a long flight of stairs inside Michael’s on Simcoe. She was in town for the gala presentation of Rust and Bone, a dark and visceral French romance adapted from a collection of short stories by Toronto author Craig Davidson and directed by Jacques Audriard. In the film, she plays a killer whale trainer at Marineland who loses her legs in a freak accident involving an aquatic animal routine gone very, very wrong.

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Marion Cotillard gets ‘Rust and Bone’ amputee character with one image

It took just one image for Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard to nail the physicality of her “Rust and Bone” character, an orca trainer who loses her legs in an accident at Marineland. “We were preparing the movie … trying costumes and … the first time I sat on a chair on my legs and I had those pants hanging, the image was so strong that we knew that the process of creating her was really on,” said the 37-year-old Paris native.