My daughter and I saw Far from the Madding Crowd last week. It was really good and Matthias Schoenaerts – the actor who played Gabriel Oak – was REALLY attractive. So attractive that we both mentioned it on the way home – same as we did about Garret Hedlund after seeing Country Strong a few years ago.
So while I was driving, my daughter was googling Matthias to see what else he’s been in. All foreign films.
Perusing the “World Cinema” shelves at the local library a few days later I spotted one of them, a french film entitled Rust and Bone.
Yay! I don’t usually watch R-rated movies, but the blurb on the back cover said the Cannes Film Festival audience stood up and cheered. Plus Matthias. So I made an exception.
Wish I hadn’t.
Since when is full frontal nudity rated R? Since when is completely naked animal sex, with no attempts whatsoever to hide body parts rated R? Contrary to what Rotten Tomatoes wrote, the graphic nudity was far from brief. Rust and Bone was just glorified porn and it ought to be rated accordingly. So people like me can put it right back on the shelf.
I loved the character Matthias played in “Far from the Madding Crowd”, but I didn’t like the character he played in “Rust and Bone” at all. And now that I have seen EVERY NAKED BIT of the actor, I’m not so sure I like him anymore either.
Kinda’ lost respect for the man.