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Dheepan Trailer


Sivadhasan is a Tamil Tiger who's fought loyally for his cause but when the latest conflict is brought to an end, Sivadhasan finds himself with little option but to be placed in a refugee camp. Wishing for a better solution he seeks asylum in France but in order to do this he must start life as a different person. Sivadhasan is given the passport of a dead man and begins a new life under the moniker Dheepan.

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'Dheepan' Upsets The Competition To Take Home Palme D'Or At Cannes


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French film Dheepan has become the unexpected winner of this year’s Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film took home the festival’s highest honour at its closing ceremony on Sunday night.

jacques audiardDheepan director Jacques Audiard

Dheepan tells the story of a former Tamil Tiger fighter who pretends to be part of a family with two strangers to find a new life in a housing estate on the edge of Paris. Variety reported that when the film was announced as this year’s recipient, there was a mixture of boos and applause from the international press corps who were watching the ceremony at the Palais.

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The Ten Best Films Of 2012


Ang Lee Suraj Sharma Marion Cotillard Jacques Audiard Jean-Louis Trintignant Emmanuelle Riva Alice Lowe Steve Oram Ben Affleck Bryan Cranston Aubrey Plaza Mark Duplass Bradley Cooper Jennifer Lawrence Denis Lavant Edith Scob

A range of intelligent blockbusters, inventive foreign films and beautifully crafted storytelling made 2012 a good year at the cinema...

Life Of Pi Poster1. Life Of Pi
Ang Lee's clever, thoughtful adaptation of Yann Martel's acclaimed novel is an unexpected work of art. It's also one of the richest, most challenging, most visually spectacular movies we've ever seen.
Starring: Suraj Sharma & Irrfan Khan
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2. Rust & Bone
French filmmaker Jacques Audiard follows up his amazing prison drama A Prophet with this startlingly edgy, tough-minded romance about two deeply wounded people who find each other.
Starring: Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts.
Read the review of Rust And Bone Here!

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Rust And Bone Takes The Spotlight At The AFI Festival


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Rust and Bone star Marion Cotillard is all smiles at the AFI Festival

We're big fans of it here at Contact Music, so it was pleasing to see that Rust and Bone starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenarts received its fair share of attention at the annual American Film Institute Festival in Hollywood yesterday (November 5, 2012). Cotillard took center stage as she walked down the red carpet, her choice of outfit was odd - a white dress over a black skirt - but it just about worked. We think. Screenplay writer Thomas Bidegain and Schoenarts were also there, enjoying the attention that a film with links very much to the art-house way of making films was receiving. 

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AFI Fest - 'Rust And Bone' - Gala Premiere At The Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Jacques Audiard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre Sunday 4th November 2012 AFI Fest - 'Rust and Bone' - Gala Premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Jacques Audiard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

AFI Fest - 'Rust And Bone' - Gala Premiere At The Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Tom Bernard, Mathias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Tom Bernard, Mathias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard Tuesday 6th November 2012 AFI Fest - 'Rust and Bone' - Gala Premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Tom Bernard, Mathias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Marion Cotillard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Mathias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Marion Cotillard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Marion Cotillard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Mathias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

AFI Fest - 'Rust And Bone' - Gala Premiere At The Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Pascal Caucheteux, Thomas Bidegain, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jacques Audiard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Pascal Caucheteux, Thomas Bidegain, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jacques Audiard Monday 5th November 2012 AFI Fest - 'Rust and Bone' - Gala Premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Pascal Caucheteux, Thomas Bidegain, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jacques Audiard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Rust And Bone [De Rouille Et D'Os] Review


Essential

Marion Cotillard delivers another raw, devastating performance in this beautifully made drama about two badly damaged people who adapt to a new life together. After 2009's award-winning A Prophet, director-cowriter Audiard delivers an equally complex but strikingly different film, centring on complex, conflicting emotions and characters who are so messy that they feel jarringly real.

It starts in Belgium, as Alain (Schoenaerts) takes his 5-year-old son Sam (Verdure) and moves to the French Riviera to live with his sister (Masiero) and her husband (Correia). With his burly physique, he easily finds work as a nightclub bouncer, and one night he meets the sexy Stephanie (Cotillard), who trains orcas at a local aquarium. Then she has a terrible accident at work that leaves her disabled, and their unlikely friendship begins to develop in unexpected ways. He seems uniquely able to see past her physical issues, while she begins to understand his deep desire to be a bare-knuckle fighter. But neither has the skills to help heal each others' emotional scars.

In more obvious filmmakers' hands, this would be a heartwarming tale of two lost souls falling in love and giving each other hope. But Audiard resists sentimentality at every turn, never giving into romantic cliches while packing the story with scenes that catch us off guard simply because they are so startlingly unlike normal movie plot points. Alain and Stephanie don't so much help each other as provide a safe space in which to recover. And along the way, Audiard explores them like rust and bone, broken down by years of decay and injury. But of course, bone sometimes heals to be stronger than it was before.

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De Rouille Et D'os (Rust And Bone) Premiere During The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard and Cannes Film Festival - Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Armand Verdure, Jacques Audiard Thursday 17th May 2012 De Rouille Et D'os (Rust and Bone) premiere during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard and Cannes Film Festival
Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard and Cannes Film Festival

De Rouille Et D'os (Rust And Bone) Photocall During The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Jacques Audiard, Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival - Matthias Schoenaerts, Jacques Audiard and Marion Cotillard Thursday 17th May 2012 De Rouille Et D'os (Rust and Bone) photocall during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Jacques Audiard, Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Marion Cotillard, Jacques Audiard and Cannes Film Festival
Jacques Audiard, Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Jacques Audiard, Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Jacques Audiard, Marion Cotillard and Cannes Film Festival
Jacques Audiard and Cannes Film Festival

A Prophet [un Prophete] Review


Extraordinary
A blistering dramatic epic set mainly inside a French prison, Audiard's film takes us deeply into its central character while giving us an unnerving look at the justice system from the inside out.

After spending his childhood in custody, 19-year-old Malik (Rahim) transfers to an adult prison. He soon has his gentle naivete knocked out of him by Cesar (Arestrup), leader of the fearsome Corsican gang that rules the roost. As an Arab, Malik is in something of a no-man's land, caught between the Corsicans and the Muslims. And he uses this wisely over the next few years, learning about economics with the help of his friend Reyeb (Yacoubi) and making dangerous links with the Muslims and gypsies to become a confident kingpin himself.

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Read My Lips Review


OK
In my notes for the acclaimed French romantic thriller Read My Lips, the word "endless" is scribbled twice on separate pages, and underlined each time for emphasis. The movie's weakness is not in its material, but in how it's handled.

The movie introduces us to Carla (Emmanuelle Devos), an overworked but tireless secretary for a large construction company. She looks a bit like Toni Colette (which means she's deemed ugly by co-workers), wears two hearing aids, and has the ability to read lips. Unable to enjoy silence and immersed in relative solitude, it's no wonder that she's falling apart.

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped Review


Excellent
James Toback's Fingers is an odd film, but it's an even odder film to become fascinated with for nearly 30 years. French director Jacques Audiard (whose Read My Lips was an undersung gem) has remade Fingers, updated it for the zeros, and given it a Parisian bent... and the end result is just as compelling as Toback's original.

The story tracks closely with the original: Thomas Seyr (Romain Duris) is a wayward twentysomething who, with partner Fabrice (Jonathan Zaccaï) is trying to make a name for himself by completing shady real estate deals half done with cash and half done with muscle. Thomas is the muscle. Meanwhile, his life is a shambles -- his ailing father (Niels Arestrup) can't get the Russian mafia to pay him the money he's owed, but he's marrying a "glorified prostitute" anyway. Fabrice, meanwhile, is cheating in his lovely wife (an unforgettable Aure Atika), and eventually Thomas fills in for him.

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Mortelle Randonnée Review


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The 1999 Ewan McGregor/Ashley Judd flick Eye of the Beholder wasn't based on an original script, and it wasn't the first time Marc Behm's novel was turned into a film.

Mortelle randonnée (literally: Deadly Run) dates back 20 years, produced in France just three years after the book was published. By all accounts it's more faithful to the original story: Older private eye tracks black widow-style murderess, slowly becoming infatuated with her to the point where he becomes unable to do anything to apprehend her -- he's too busy watching.

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Dheepan Trailer

Dheepan Trailer

Sivadhasan is a Tamil Tiger who's fought loyally for his cause but when the latest...

Rust and Bone [De Rouille et d'Os] Movie Review

Rust and Bone [De Rouille et d'Os] Movie Review

Marion Cotillard delivers another raw, devastating performance in this beautifully made drama about two badly...

A Prophet Trailer

A Prophet Trailer

Watch the trailer for A Prophet Malik is a nineteen year old boy who's sent...

Read My Lips Movie Review

Read My Lips Movie Review

In my notes for the acclaimed French romantic thriller Read My Lips, the word "endless"...

The Beat That My Heart Skipped Movie Review

The Beat That My Heart Skipped Movie Review

James Toback's Fingers is an odd film, but it's an even odder film to become...

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