Two Days One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit)
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of origin: France 2014 95 mins.
Official Selection 2014 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE/CURZON FILM RELEASING
'Powerful, emotional, subtle, humane, passionate and uplifting - Marion Cotillard is magnificent.'
Sandra (Marion Cotillard), a mother of two works at a small solar panel factory and returns to work after suffering from depression to find out that her boss, Monsieur Dumont (Baptiste Sornin) had a public vote and her colleagues chose to take a 1000 euro bonus at the expense of her job.
Sandra persuades Monsieur Dumont to hold a secret ballot the following Monday which gives her one weekend to track down her colleagues and make them change their minds and vote for her. It's her job or a 1000 euro bonus. With her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione), a kitchen worker she faces her fellow workers with the same impassioned plea, colleagues whose lives are problematic and for whom the bonus means everything. Sandra is pleading for her right to work. That's all there is to this story and yet it's powerful and uplifting. Marion Cotillard is stunning, she absorbs everything that is Sandra, a woman on the edge of despair, the camera following in close up every gesture of hope, despair and occasional moments of joy. It's a story about friendship, dignity, compassion and the strength of the human spirit and the final scene is joyous.
'Two Days One Night' is magnificent cinema. It's to be applauded.