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After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress with a wonderful performance in La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has made some excellent career choices over the last five years even if they're not always the most challenging roles. Well, they are challenging enough for the French actress, since her roles have been almost exclusively English speaking parts, not to mention she's been working for some renowned filmmakers like Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan and Steven Soderbergh. But it will be rewarding to see Cotillard once again acting in her native tongue in the upcoming Rust and Bone.
Here's the UK trailer for the Cannes Palme d'Or nominee from director Jacques Audiard, starring Cotillard and Bullhead's Matthias Schoenaerts.
The trailer does an excellent job showcasing Rust & Bone's beautiful, lens-flaring, handheld cinematography while perfectly set to M83's "My Tears Are Becoming A Sea." The use of the powerful ballad by the (also French) electronic pop group not only sets the mood but allows the foreign language film to avoid the use of subtitles all together. It's an emotional two minutes that, without words, manages to convey the obstacles and rewards of Cotillard and Schoenaerts' new relationship. Don't be surprised if this puts Cotillard back on the Oscar ballot.
Rust & Bone is about a drifter named Ali (Schoenaerts) who, once put in charge of his young son, relocates to his sister's in the French Rivieria where he continues his quest to be a mixed martial arts fighter via back-alley brawling. While bouncing at a nightclub, Ali meets Stéphanie (Cotillard), an Orca trainer at a nearby theme park, and their relationship develops after a terrible accident at her work. From director Jacques Audiard (the man behind the BAFTA winning The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Oscar nominated A Prophet), Rust & Bone makes its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday before a limited US release on November 16, 2012.