Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

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Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os) (♦♦♦♦)

Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) was an orca trainer at a Seaquarium park attraction before a tragedy during a live show changed her life virtually in the blink of an eye. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a down-on-his-luck father to five year old Sam. Ali is living with his sister, while making money boxing in street fights in his free time. Two people who have lost much somehow find love in each other's company, and the will to live.

I recently saw Matthias Schoenaerts for the first time in Far from the Madding Crowd, in the role of Gabriel Oak, opposite Carey Mulligan. If you read my review and the comments section you probably know that I liked him a lot. In Rust and Bone, opposite Marion Cotillard, he delivers a raw and gritty award-worthy performance and so does she. They shine in tumultuous and emotionally demanding roles, showing the evolution of both Stephanie and Ali; Schoenaerts does so by displaying an odd mix of grit and sensibility. Cotillard has in Rust and Bone a unique opportunity to display her amazing talent as an actress, and while she isn't on the same level as she was in La Vie en Rose, this may very well be her second best.

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  1. Oh I have to see this. I love, love, love Marion Cotillard. And I look forward to meeting Matthias Schoenaerts in both this one and Far From the Madding Crowd!
    Great to read a post from you!

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    1. I know, it's been a while and I'm not even at half the book because I'm taking weekends to watch movies.
      Anyway, Marion Cotillard is great; I love her too. She is really good in Rust and Bone, and I believe, though I'm not really sure, that she was Oscar-nominated for this performance.
      Matthias Schoenaerts is both a good actor and a good-looking one.

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  2. Oh yes, I remember seeing Rust and Bone when it came out. It's intense and emotional! with great acting by both. Not to be missed. I will have to see Matthias in Far From the Maddening Crowd. He's one to watch!

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    1. He is definitely one to watch, and like you said both were great in Rust and Bone. Somehow I missed this movie when it was released.

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  3. I absolutely adore Marion Cotillard and remember hearing about this when it first came out, but would have forgotten about it otherwise. I definitely need to make a note to watch - it sounds great.

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    1. Yes, Shannon, I missed it too when it was released, but it deserves to be watched. It is a good one.
      Thanks for visiting.

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