Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

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Two Days, One Night

French working-class drama nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014, starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard as a young woman who will lose her job unless she convinces her colleagues to give up their bonuses. Directed by two-time Palme d'Or winners, the Dardenne brothers (The Kid with a BikeL’enfant).

"Cotillard is wonderful as Sandra, a woman in a precarious position. Her employer at a solar-panel factory has given her colleagues a stark choice - they must choose to either receive a bonus or have Sandra return to work after a leave of absence. An initial ballot is not promising for her. The employer agrees to another vote, leaving Sandra one weekend to convince the majority of her colleagues to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job. With the help of her husband Manu (Dardenne brothers regular Fabrizio Rongione), Sandra visits her colleagues one by one to make her case." (Sydney Film Festival)

2014Rating: M, Low level violence95 minsFrance, Belgium, ItalyFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The Cannes Film Festival loves the Dardenne brothers and their brand of reality-sharpened drama, though that love is not always shared amongst us “regular” movie-lovers (don’t get me started on The Kid with a Bike). But with the superhuman acting powers of Marion Cotillard, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have cast a wider net of appeal, crafting a working-class tale that’s as straightforward as a fired bullet with an exit wound the size of a grapefruit.

4.0
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Marion Cotillard deserves more attention

An absolute powerhouse of a performance from Marion Cotillard and a brilliant and subtle character study that deals with depression and the sociology of economic issues in households. Authentic and realistic camera work that is accompanied by very few cuts and extremely long takes of dialogue with also a very calm colour pallete. An interesting aspect as...

5.0
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Quite a profound movie

I am in awe of the artistry. Very fine acting from Marion Cotillard. Highly recommended if you like a movie that has depth.

4.0
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A strong woman

No tears. No humiliation. No trying to sell any emotions. Just a woman repeating why she shouldn't be laid off. The sympathy slowly sinks into your skin.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The Dardenne brothers take on a movie star and lose none of their beautifully observed verisimilitude in another powerhouse slice of working-class Belgian life.

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Time Out

Time Out

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It draws us into the debate, makes us complicit, demands that we have an opinion, and then upends that same opinion a few minutes later. It's engaging and rousing.

5.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Nothing all that new, perhaps, but thoughtful, humane and superbly composed...

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance from Marion Cotillard add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers.

5.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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A powerful, finely scripted issue movie, made all the more incisive by Marion Cotillard's raw performance as a woman fighting to save her job while suffering from depression.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Specialists in unvarnished intimacy, the Dardenne brothers add another clear-eyed contemplation of stark social reality to their impressive output.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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It's a rare film of unforced simplicity that will stick with you for a long time. And it's honest right to its perfectly judged ending.

5.0
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The Cannes Film Festival loves the Dardenne brothers and their brand of reality-sharpened drama, though that love is not always shared amongst us “regular” movie-lovers (don’t get me started on The Kid with a Bike). But with the superhuman acting powers of Marion Cotillard, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have cast a wider net of appeal, crafting a working-class tale that’s as straightforward as a fired bullet with an exit wound the size of a grapefruit.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The Dardenne brothers take on a movie star and lose none of their beautifully observed verisimilitude in another powerhouse slice of working-class Belgian life.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It draws us into the debate, makes us complicit, demands that we have an opinion, and then upends that same opinion a few minutes later. It's engaging and rousing.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Nothing all that new, perhaps, but thoughtful, humane and superbly composed...

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance from Marion Cotillard add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers.

5.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A powerful, finely scripted issue movie, made all the more incisive by Marion Cotillard's raw performance as a woman fighting to save her job while suffering from depression.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Specialists in unvarnished intimacy, the Dardenne brothers add another clear-eyed contemplation of stark social reality to their impressive output.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It's a rare film of unforced simplicity that will stick with you for a long time. And it's honest right to its perfectly judged ending.

5.0
0

Marion Cotillard deserves more attention

An absolute powerhouse of a performance from Marion Cotillard and a brilliant and subtle character study that deals with depression and the sociology of economic issues in households. Authentic and realistic camera work that is accompanied by very few cuts and extremely long takes of dialogue with also a very calm colour pallete. An interesting aspect as...

5.0
0

Quite a profound movie

I am in awe of the artistry. Very fine acting from Marion Cotillard. Highly recommended if you like a movie that has depth.

4.0
0

A strong woman

No tears. No humiliation. No trying to sell any emotions. Just a woman repeating why she shouldn't be laid off. The sympathy slowly sinks into your skin.

4.0
0