Oscar buzz surrounding Marion Cotillard is "rightly deserved", her co-star Matthias Schoenaerts reckons.
The French star, who already won an Academy Award for her performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, is tipped to get a nomination for her portrayal of paraplegic whale trainer Stephanie in French drama Rust And Bone. The film picked up the best film award at the BFI London Film Festival.
"It's well deserved. What she does in the film is so nuanced, is so touching and so sincere. It's powerful. It would be well deserved absolutely," he said.
Matthias, who plays drifter dad Ali in Jacques Audiard's movie, revealed it was a joy working with Marion, who he will reunite with on Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties.
"From day one, we had a very organic and natural way of going at it. She's pretty intense - she goes all out," he recalled.
"We met just once for around three hours before we started shooting so it's kind of short. And then we got on set and I thought, 'This is going to be a nice ride. It's going to be a lot of fun'. She has a very challenging part and from day one, it was clear to me that she was ready."
Even the sex scenes were easy: "There's nothing to it but to do it. It's just getting in that state of mind and being in the instant. Jacques never over-intellectualised these things on set. We just tried to get in the right mood and radiate it."
:: Rust And Bone is in cinemas from November 2.