With two astonishing lead performances, you’ll be swept away by master film-maker Jacques Audiard’s searing new drama RUST AND BONE.

I love French films. Adore them. And I think Jacques Audiard’s new romantic drama RUST AND BONE could be my next crush.

If you read this blog, you’ll know Audiard is one of my favourite film-makers. From the first movie of his which I saw, the 2001 crime drama Read My Lips with Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos, through 2005’s The Beat That My Heart Skipped with Devos again, Romain Duris, and Niels Arestrup to his most recent triumph in 2009, the extraordinary crime thriller A Prophet with Arestrup again and Tahar Rahim, he is amazing.

RUST AND BONE once again displays Audiard’s notable talent with casting. Here we see France’s premier actress Marion Cotillard and blazing new Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts in the lead roles. She is Stephanie, a trainer at a marine park in the south of France. He is Ali, who has come to the coast to look for work. Their love affair in the aftermath of a horrific accident had this year’s Cannes film festival knocked for six and critics reaching for superlatives.

From the trailer I’ve just seen, the movie has some of the best acting coupled with the most exquisite images you’ll see this year.

Take a look and be swept away…