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At Theaters: 11/23/2012 On Video: 3/19/2013
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600012
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
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Drama Mystery - This French-language drama has received a lot of attention due to female lead Marion Cotillard, but this is less a showcase for her than her lesser known leading man, Matthias Schoenaerts. The dark and serious subject matter isn't for every taste. Graphic violence and sex, as well as language, make the film for adults only.
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Matthias Schoenaerts LOFT, BLOOD TIES
Director: Jacques Audiard READ MY LIPS
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PROFANITY: 13 F-words; 3 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Lots of sex with related nudity; non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Brutal and bloody fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: A number of fights.
COMEDY: Some kid humor.

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ALI (Matthias Schoenaerts) finds himself with a five-year-old child on his hands. SAM (Armand Verdure) is his son, but he hardly knows him. Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister ANNA (Corinne Masiero) in Antibes, in the south of France. There things improve immediately. She puts them up in her garage, she takes the child under her wing and the weather is glorious.

Ali, a man of formidable size and strength, gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub. He comes to the aid of STEPHANIE (Marion Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Aloof and beautiful, Stephanie seems unattainable, but in his frank manner Ali leaves her his phone number anyway.

Stephanie trains orca whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. When Ali sees her next, Stephanie is confined to a wheel chair : she has lost her legs and quite a few illusions.

Ali's direct, unpitying physicality becomes Stephanie's lifeline, but Ali too is transformed by Stephanie's tough resilience. And Stephanie comes alive again. As their stories intersect and diverge, they navigate a world where strength, beauty, youth and blood are commodities--but where trust, truth, loyalty and love cannot be bought and sold, and courage comes in many forms.

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