‘Rust & Bone’ Trailer Combines Killer Whales With Bare-Knuckle Boxing, Finally

Rust and Bone

Here in the U.S. a lot of casual hate gets aimed at the French. The jokes are usually about surrendering during wars, hairy ladies, or what have you—the lame jokes aren’t important—it’s the “what have you done for me lately” attitude they reveal that’s important. Sure, the French gave us the Statue of Liberty all those years ago, but what have those cheese nibblers done for us lately? Turns out, quite a lot. And probably the three best things they’ve given us over the course of the last half decade or so are screenings of Jacques Audiard’s Un Prophète, Marion Cotillard’s stunning face, and M83’s stellar last few albums.

For these things we should be grateful, and because the trailer for Rust & Bone reveals to us a new Audiard movie that contains both the music of M83 and the luminous face of Cotillard, we should be ecstatic. Pretty music and pretty faces aren’t the only thing Rust & Bone has to offer either, turns out it’s got a pretty crazy-sounding story as well. Though the new trailer for the film is a little abstract, and completely without dialogue, we already know that the plot details the life of a whale trainer (Cotillard) who loses her legs and then falls into a relationship with an underground fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts). Which, you know, is nothing if not unique.

And now that a trailer has hit, it’s pretty safe to say that this thing is guaranteed to be packed full of gorgeous cinematography as well. I mean, just look at that ad, you could put it on a loop and stare at it for hours. Add all of this goodness together with the fact that our very own Simon Gallagher already saw the film at Cannes and gave it a rave review, and it becomes pretty safe to say that Rust & Bone is one of the most exciting releases left in this calendar year. This trailer is from the UK, so it gives their release date of November 2, but American audiences can start to see Rust & Bone in theaters on November 16.

[via The Playlist]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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