Marion Cotillard stars as a killer-whale trainer in Rust & Bone, a dramatic love story from French director Jacques Audiard. Admittedly, that setup doesn't quite sound like Oscar bait, but the story takes a twist when Cotillard's character, Stéphanie, loses her legs in an accident on the job. As she's struggling with this life-changing occurrence, the tragedy serves to bring her closer to a former lover, Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts).
Though there are no words, the trailer is a gripping preview of what could be a visually — and emotionally — arresting film. The images of the shattered tank and Stéphanie sobbing in the hospital are enough to pull at my heartstrings, and Cotillard is already garnering award buzz for her performance. The movie opens on Nov. 16, but you can watch the trailer after the jump.