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    #68715

    Weisz was terrific, the best she has ever been. It’s one of my favorite films this year so far. But it’s a minority taste. And she won’t have the momentum that Swinton had.

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    Saw R&B – decent film – like his A Prophet, Jacques Audiard takes a conventional story and elevates it with fine, sensitive direction. It is likely better than 50 or more of the submissions for FL film. While I don’t mind a hit like Intouchables being picked by France, this is a much better film, and that it is excluded by the shameful selection process is ridiculous.

    I much prefer this Marion Cotillard to what I have found to be her overrated appearances in English language films, and greatly prefer it to the hammy turn in La vie en rose. That said, since Oscar nominations have little to do with merit, I don’t think she is a guaranteed one. For one thing, though it is a lead performance, hers is not the central role – the male lead is. And the subtlety of her performance (which for me makes it better than much of her work) will work against her, as will Emmanuelle Riva’s superior one in another French film.

    I’d say she is certainly a possibility, but not close to certain.    

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    I much prefer this Marion Cotillard to… the hammy turn in La vie en rose.

    I wager I appreciate subtlety as much as you do so I ask you this: Would a subtle interpretation of this larger than life cultural icon work? Edith Piaf wasn’t exactly a subtle person. What you call “hammy,” is actually an electrically charged performance. Cotillard was entertaining (which is difficult to pull off when inviting comparison to a cultural icon), edgy, and passed a test of skill by creating some sympathy for a severely troubled, personally unlikable character.

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    Calling Cotillard “hammy” is like calling Piaf the same, which she was. Then again, being able to call any performance ‘hammy’ comes with terrific satisfaction for some who love to use that descriptive. When it’s a pattern, I find it very irksome. Lol.

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    It gives me no satisfaction to call any performance hammy. Not being a masochist at heart, I prefer to see good movies and good performances. I was underwhelmed by Cotillard’s performance in Ma vie en rose, which I blame on the direction and writing more than the talented Cotillard, which is a point I have made consistently for five years.

    And I’ve never called Piaf hammy, of course. Never heard anyone else do so either. 

    As far as Piaf, of course subtlety is crucial even when dealing with an archetypal, bigger than life performer. It actually becomes more critical. Ma vie en rose was non-stop emoting and emotional manipulation, as well as an incredibly dishonest film (creating a Citizen Kane like structure to conveniently skip her war years where she actively collaborated with the Nazis).

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    I don’t agree with SF, but people do understand you can dislike someone’s award winning performance but still like the actor, right? 
    I do think there were a few moments in La Vie En Rose where Cotillard achieved some kind of emotional sincerity, but I agree she was generally over the top (and NOT because it involved characterization, but because her performance was drowned in some moments by the need to stress said characterization too much – which, yes, it’s probably much more a problem of direction than Cotillard herself). 

    I like Cotillard, but I wouldn’t say Piaf is her best performance. And the actor really isn’t the only factor that matters when judging a performance. Everything in film is result of context and collaboration. The same thing is true about performances. So people don’t need to get so defensive about actors.

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    Acting quality in film is usually the product of what the director does. La vie en rose was a badly directed movie, making for me a truly good performance impossible. It for me was hardly Cotillard’s fault. Her lipsynching was very impressive, and the best thing about her work in the film.

    I’ve been saying for years that I felt confident that someday I’d see a performance by her that rose to the level of her real potential, and that it almost certainly would be in French. Hers as directed by Jacques Audiard in Rust and Bone is hardly transcendent, but it is very solid, if not unexpected.

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    For those who seen the film, will Cotillard win her 2nd Oscar??? If so, it is possible that Cotillard and Daniel Day Lewis will win lead oscars again

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    As close to zero chance as there can be without being zero. Not even sure she’ll be nominated. She’s worthy of a nomination, and better than many winners, but I see no path to her winning.
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    As close to zero chance as there can be without being zero. Not even sure she’ll be nominated. She’s worthy of a nomination, and better than many winners, but I see no path to her winning.
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    My Review:

    It’s structured too loosely for my taste, lacking a strong narrative connection between one subplot and the next. Like life, I suppose, it’s not about any one thing; it’s the sum of different experiences and relationships. But sometimes life could use a stronger screenwriter.

    MY COMPLETE REVIEW 

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    For me, COTILLARD’s performance in La Vie En Rose
    is one of the ten greatest of all time…We all view acting
    differently..and her performance in RUST AND BONE
    is completely different, which shows me how great
    an actress she is…

    Definitely a nomination this year…it would be funny
    if she and DDL both won again  in the same year….

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    #68727

    just saw it.  REALLY liked the film, and absolutely am convinced Marion Cotillard is the front runner for lead actress now.  I mean, there’s really no comparing the range in Cotillard’s performance, let alone her body of work thus far, to any other lead actress performance i’ve seen this year.  After seeing this, I can’t think of anyone under the age of 40 who has quite as much range as Cotillard does here.  Her highs and lows are so extremely telling by mere expressions, that should could break your heart w/the raise of an eyebrow. 

    I have nothing against Lawerence in Silver Linings, she does a nice job, but nothing as exceptional as what MC does here.

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