Rust and Bone
(aka De Rouille et d'os
) is one of the most compelling films about love in recent memory. It’s also one of the least sentimental; the average moviegoer expects more than a dash of hearts and flowers when they’re told they’re seeing a love story, but anyone hoping for a three-hankie romance may want to think twice about Rust and Bone
. And that’s a large part of why this film works so well. Rust and Bone
is a drama about two people who are damaged both physically and emotionally, and neither is comfortable with the conventional boundaries of romance. But over the course of two hours we see them both change in profound ways, and...