Lost and Found

In Rust and Bone, tragedy plays matchmaker

In French writer-director Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a scrounger and a scrapper. On a train, he forages lunch for himself and his son from other passengers' trash. He scrapes together a living as a bouncer and security guard and from street-fighting tournaments. He's as instinctive with physical force as he is in hustling for room and board. At one point, he drops his kid on his head. His sister is outraged. "He's not dead," Ali tells her. Nice guy.

Ali is also a survivor. Maybe that's why Stphanie (Marion Cotillard) calls him after she loses her...

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