By Jim Piper
RUST AND BONE
France/Belgium • 2012 • Dir: Jacques Audiard
A woman who trains killer whales for a living has a horrible accident that puts her out of a job. Somehow, Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, a hot-tempered kick boxer, fall in love, though it’s a stormy affair.
USA • 2012 • Dir: Ben Lewin
A flat-on-his-back disabled man hires a woman who provides him an initiation to sex. Stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
USA • 2001 • Dir: Ron Howard
Russell Crowe plays an American Nobel-prize winning mathematician who slips into schizophrenia.
See this list for more films in which lead characters struggle with disabilities.
Jim Piper is a Filmworks board member, a filmmaker, and a retired film studies professor.