I’ve been a fan of Jacques Audiard since The Beat My Heart Skipped and his 2010 film A Prophet only served to further confirm his talent, pushing whatever he made next into must-see territory. I could not have been more impressed with his latest film Rust and Bone, an unlikely love story between an emotionless street fighter and a woman who trained orcas (Shamu-like killer whales) until a tragic accident left her an amputee. It’s an incredible combination of writing and filmmaking with lead performances that elevate the material to unexpected heights. The story focuses on a pair of unique characters facing very real problems with a director whose camera is never afraid to follow them. To me Rust and Bone is that rare movie that meets all the requirements of serious cinema while still managing to be highly entertaining despite its difficult subject matter. It’s going to take something really special to knock this off the top spot on my year end list.