Director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel "Far from the Madding Crowd" mines that story with unabashed, joyful indulgence. Because of that earnest emotional embrace, the solid acting of Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, and Charlotte Bruus Christensen's dazzling cinematography, the period piece successfully flaunts its 19th century elegance and melodramatic appeal.
"Rust and Bone" is a suggestive, curious title for an unusual film. Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard stars as Stéphanie, an orca whale trainer involved in a horrific accident. In a parallel and soon intersecting plotline, Matthias Schoenaerts is Ali, an unemployed, single father struggling to keep his and his five-year-old son Sam's lives on track.