Starring Marion Cotillard, Oscar nominee for leading actress, in this French film.
The Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, have made some of the most affecting films of the past couple of decades with two Palm d'Ors to their credit. Their latest is TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, starring Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a young working class wife and mother, who, just as she is recovering from depression and preparing to go back to work, learns on Friday afternoon that her factory co-workers have voted to accept a one thousand euro bonus by agreeing to her redundancy. A last-minute plea to the manager by a friend ensures a recount first thing Monday morning. Sandra has the weekend to try to convince her fellow employees to change their minds and support her. Everyone has a reason for wanting or needing the cash, some understandable, some selfish. But many of them feel torn by their decision. (Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies, ABC)
Initial release: May 21, 2014 (France)
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Running time: 95 minutes
Awards: European Film Award for Best Actress
Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Concensus: Another profoundly affecting work from the Dardenne brothers, Two Days, One Night delivers its timely message with honesty and clear-eyed compassion.