Director: Jacques Audiard. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure. 120 min. Rated R. France/Belgium. Drama.
Another foreign treasure, lost in the crowd of great 2012 movies. A whale-trainer loses both legs in a freak accident, and forms a relationship with a low-life drifter. This setting clears the relationship of any sort of romanticism, giving it a down-to-earth, realistic, even animalistic nature, which is fortified by the film's depressing orange/yellow cinematography. But when two people interact, can it be summarized to such hardcore realism? After all, physical disability is not about a fractured body - it's about a fractured spirit. Mend the fracture, and observe the miracles. Watch this with a group; it's a guaranteed discussion-breeder.
PS #1: And check out the DVD's 2-minute special feature on how they made Cotillard's amputated legs look so real.
PS #2: I can't resist. Ebert did such a great job.