MARION COTILLARD has been working as an actress since she was a teenager, but it was her Oscar-winning performance as Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” that brought her to the attention of American audiences – and Hollywood filmmakers. Since then she’s worked with directors such as Michael Mann (“Public Enemies”), Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), Steven Soderbergh (“Contagion”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). In “Rust and Bone,” she returns to France for an intimate relationship movie about a whale trainer and the fighter who sort of nurses her back to health after an accident at the Sea World-like water show where she works.
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.
L’Académie des Lumières announced their nominations for the Lumières awards yesterday – these could be called the French Golden Globes as they’re given out by the foreign press. ‘Rust and Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os) is dominating the list: Best film Les Adieux à La Reine, Benoît Jacquot Amour, Michael Haneke Camille Redouble, Noémie Lvovsky Holy Motors, Leos Carax De Rouille Et D’Os, Jacques Audiard Best Director Jacques Audiard, De
‘She’s not holding anything back,’ says ‘Rust and Bone’ costar Matthias Schoenaerts of Marion Cotillard, who plays an animal trainer recovering from the loss of her legs. She’s described by director Jacques Audiard as “a diver,” someone who “throws herself into a role head first.” So it’s believable that the very first scene Marion Cotillard shot for “Rust and Bone” was the most harrowing one, in which she awakes in a hospital after an accident to discover that both her legs are gone.
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).