Love, pain and loss

2013-10-11 00:00

IT’S rare for cinema-goers in Pietermaritzburg to have the chance to see an outstanding art-house film. This weekend, however, we get the chance to see Jacques Audiard’s poignant drama, Rust and Bone .

The film, which is being screened at CineCentre in Pietermaritzburg and Cinema Nouveau Gateway in Umhlanga, earned one of its stars, Marion Cotillard, an Oscar-nomination for her performance earlier this year.

Rust and Bone tells the story of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) who finds himself alone and with a five-year-old child, Sam (Armand Verdure), whom he barely knows, on his hands.

Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister, Anna (Corinne Masiero), in Antibes in the south of France. She puts them up in her garage and she takes the child under her wing.

Ali gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub, where one night he comes to the aid of Stephanie (Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Aloof and beautiful, Stephanie seems unattainable, but in his frank manner Ali leaves her his phone number anyway.

Stephanie, meanwhile, trains orca whales at Marineland, where a tragedy occurs leaving her confined to a wheelchair.

Speaking about her role in the movie, Cotillard, said her character’s loss of mobility is a revelation.

“When there’s nothing left, it’s just you, your soul, and what’s deep inside of you,” she said.

“Will you be able to face it or will you be too afraid to face it? We see the encounter of two naked souls who surrender to this nudity. That’s the beauty of this story and these people.”

Rust and Bone is a love story, but one which is born from pain and loss. The result is breath-taking.

Also new to cinemas this weekend is Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. It’s a thriller that asks: “How far would you go to protect your family?”

Keller Dover is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in.

The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release.

As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, and knowing his child’s life is at stake, Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.

The film has been getting a lot of praise from critics around the world, with some people even talking about the possibility of Oscar nominations for the leads.

British actor, Jason Statham, stars in Redemption , a thriller about an ex-special forces soldier who is on the run from a military court martial.

As he navigates London’s criminal underworld, he seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity, transforming into an avenging angel in the process.

Down in Durban, film fans can catch the horror thriller, The Purge, which is set in an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, and where the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity, including murder, becomes legal.

On this night, an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community and begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear the family apart. It is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey) and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

In the comedy, This is the End, the action centres on Jay Baruchel, who wants nothing more than a fun time with Seth Rogen and to enjoy James Franco’s housewarming party. When, however, the Biblical Apocalypse arrives, Jay and Seth must band together to attempt to survive the end of the world.

Also new to the big screen is Rogue Saints , which is being described as “the greatest diamond heist, romance, comedy, drama, adventure you’ve ever seen”. It centres on childhood friends Nick and Dylan, who, when they run out of money, remember the story of a huge diamond buried under a church. They plot to dig it up under the guise of doing volunteer work at the church.

Bollywood fans can enjoy Vanakkam Chennai, a romantic comedy that revolves around two families, the issues they face and way they go about resolving them.


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