By Solvej Schou
September 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has the delicate, smooth-skinned beauty of an adult cherub, even scrubbed free of makeup, whittled down into a crying mess and completely vulnerable as a whale trainer who loses her legs in a new trailer, completely devoid of dialog, for her upcoming film Rust and Bone.

Directed in French by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), the dreamy, intense drama has already been earning stellar reviews for Cotillard, who stars alongside Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead), playing a bare-knuckle boxer. The pair forge a deep relationship in the film, which is set for U.S. release in November. Cotillard won a best actress Oscar in 2008 for her French language role as singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

In the trailer below, Cotillard reaches out to whales, is shown sobbing in a hospital gown and waving to whale fans in a wetsuit. Schoenaerts gets bloody in fleeting images of him fighting. Let the Oscar race begin…

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