Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone opens in France on Thursday, 5.17, or just after the start of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The Sony Classics release will probably screen there. You can’t go wrong with Audiard, but the story’s about a highly musclebound guy (Matthias Schoenaerts) in love with a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard). What can happen between a pretty girl and a killer whale?
I’m sorry, but Schoenaerts’ performance in Bullhead indicated to me that either (a) he’s not terribly bright or (b) he lacks the ability to convey intelligence through actorish technique or what-have-you. There’s something about him that’s Jean Claude van Damme-ish or even Sylvester Stallone-ish.