Rust and Bone Cert.15 3.5\/5 stars Alain, a down-and-out ex-boxer travels across France with his son and is taken in by his sister in order to help him turn his life around. A one-off meeting with killer whale trainer, Stephanie, (Marion Cotillard) becomes a profound partnership after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident and the two tortured souls come to rely on each other. Opinion constantly flip flops over who needs the other more - Stephanie doesnt seem the type to mix with Alains sort, and Alains feckless attitude certainly doesnt suggest any commitment on his part, yet he continues to come back, even when Stephanie, in her darkest days, is almost impossible to deal with. Both of them have obvious, if not visible, demons to tackle, and they both come a long, painful way from where we first meet them. It is their relationship with each other that keeps picking them up and pushing them forward as setback after setback threatens to overwhelm them. Stick with Rust and Bone through the murky, stressful scenes - you need to experience Stephanie and Alains rock bottom to enjoy their ascension and be lured in by the self-analysing theme - are you the best you can be, or could you achieve more, do more and help others to do so too? Top tips - its in French with English subtitles and the sex, violence and emotional stress is far too much for those at the younger end of the 15 certification band.