Rust and Bone wins plaudits at Cannes festival

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Rust and Bone wins plaudits at Cannes festival

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The Cannes film festival enters its third day on Friday but critics are already eyeing one entry as an early favourite for the top prize.

French director Jacques Audiard picked up the Palme d’Or for prison drama ‘A Prophet’ three years ago. And if the reviews of ‘Rust and Bone’ are anything to go by, he could be set for more success in 2012.

The film stars Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French Oscar winner Marion Cotillard.

Rust and Bone, set on the French Rivera, is a world away from the glitz and glamour of Cannes.

Schoenaerts plays Ali, a nightclub bouncer who struggles to make ends meet and sleeps with five-year-old son Sam in his sister’s garage.

The story focuses on Ali’s unlikely friendship with a Marineland employee called Stephanie, played by Cotillard, after she loses her legs in an accident at work and he takes up bareknuckle fighting to make extra cash.