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Unsentimental French love story avoids dipping into melodrama

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Marion Cotillard, left, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

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Sony Pictures Classics Marion Cotillard, left, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Director Jacques Audiard's French drama Rust and Bone somehow bypassed a theatrical run in Winnipeg but is worth consideration as a unique story of an unusual love affair.

Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) is an animal trainer at an aquatic park where she suffers a debilitating loss. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a would-be mixed martial artist attempting to make a life for himself and his young son in France.

The two meet prior to her accident when he is working as a bouncer and she becomes part of a violent scene involving a jealous ex-lover. When they meet again, he is refreshingly blas© about her affliction and a relationship develops.

The overall film meanders over the course of its two hours, but one is left impressed by a movie that, in other hands, would have inevitably become a weepy melodrama. Like the male hero, director Audiard has little room for cheap sentiment, and the film is better for it.

Buying Sex

6:30 p.m., Aspire Theatre, Venue 3

The National Film Board-produced documentary examines prostitution laws in Canada with consideration given to prostitutes, their customers, lawyers and policy-makers.

Ginger & Rosa

7 p.m. at Lady of the Lake Theatre, Venue 2

Sally Potter's drama is set in London in 1962 where a pair of girlfriends (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) are pulled apart by both political forces -- including the Cuban Missile Crisis -- and personal issues.

Still Mine

(10 p.m., free beach screening)

Writer-director Michael McGowan adapted this fact-based story about a New Brunswick stoic named Craig Morrison who, at the age of 87, dared to build a home for himself and his ailing wife.

Lanky American actor James Cromwell portrays Morrison in unapologetic Yankee style, sans Maritimer accent, as a rugged individualist who knows what's what. And what Morrison knows is that he needs a new house. His beloved wife Irene (Genevi®ve Bujold) is apparently in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She is finding it increasingly difficult to navigate the old homestead's narrow stairs and crowded rooms.

He opts to build a new single-storey house with a view of the bay. But his expertise doesn't carry much water with bureaucrats. And here, McGowan gives himself the gift of making bureaucracy the villain of the piece.

Cromwell brings his magisterial presence to bear and Canadian treasure Bujold impresses with a combination of warmth and ferocity.

For a complete list of films, go to www.gimlifilm.com.

randall.king@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2013 C3

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Updated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM CDT: adds fact box

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