From "The Paperboy" to "Amour," 10 films we can't wait to see on the Croisette this year
6. "Rust & Bone" (Jacques Audiard)
As I wrote in yesterday's Cannes Check piece, Jacques Audiard has yet to strike out in his lean but muscular filmography: a cool stylist of genre-infused arthouse fare, there's always a bruised sensuality to his work that keeps it from coffee-table impenetrability. His last two, highly successful films were male-driven underworld explorations, which makes his latest, a romance between a disabled whale trainer (Marion Cotillard) and a bare-knuckle fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts), a fascinating wild card, particularly given the impressive but improbably paired stars. I'd follow the director of "A Prophet" and "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" anywhere, but I'm glad it's evidently not a familiar route for him either.
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