Weekend Plans: A French Film in New York City
posted by LIM College
The film opens as the Bon Iver lyrics, “Climb is all we know…” radiate throughout the theater to a spare, gently lifting piano progression. The lyrics proceed, evoking the search for comfort in familiarity, and the despair felt when it isn’t there.
As the stress of final projects and final tests has clearly arrived, a trip to see the newly-released French film Rust and Bone reminded me of the patient endurance we all have buried deep inside, and that profound creativity is still alive today.
LIM College students are in finals mode around here, and I am no exception! I was originally reluctant to spend a few hours this weekend seeing De Rouille et D’os (Rust and Bone), for required credit in my French class, due to my desire to focus on the upcoming busy week. However, I can tell you that I am more than satisfied with my decision to do so. I listened to the beauty of the French (and read English subtitles of course) and left the theatre refreshed, inspired, and utterly astounded by the beauty of this film.
I am so grateful to live in New York City and attend LIM College, as opportunities to experience some of life’s greatest treasures present themselves almost every day. If not for living in NYC, I would never have been able to view this film, which is only being released in NYC and LA.
The plot of the film—a romantic bond marked by tragic events, the collision of two worlds that have fallen apart—tends to read like a corny, made-for-TV premise. But, the extent to which the film succeeds is based on how much it manages to overcome that narrative restriction. Marion Cotillard’s acting is free, as she delivers one of the finest performances of the year. Films spoken in a foreign language rarely manage to “work” without the subtitles, but I could have sat and watched this one without reading the English subtitles at the bottom of the screen. Rust and Bone chronicles the resolve and strength of the human spirit, and allowed me to connect such capabilities to the lives we are all living.
Through hard work and dedication, we all have the power to not only overcome stress and struggle, but to reach into others’ lives, make an imprint, and exceed any boundaries we had previously set for ourselves.
I left Rust and Bone not only admiring the story told, but also marveling at how such touching content was executed and delivered to the audience.
So remember, “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” Free your soul, let your creativity run free, and never lose the sense of wonder and talent present within our world.
It is the presence of films like Rust and Bone, and the individuals that create them, that should inspire us all to keep climbing.
Within us all, lies something profound.
Best of luck with finals!