Cinema – “Two Days, One Night”
27 October: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£4 – £6
2014 – Certificate 15
– Two Days, One Night –
Marion Cotillard (Best Actress Oscar winner for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose) and Fabrizio Rogione star in this Academy Award nominated French/Belgian drama (2014) written and directed by the Dardenne brothers. When Sandra (Cotillard) returns to work after a leave of absence she is horrified to learn that her colleagues have opted to take a bonus at the expense of her job. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out.
The Dardennes have made a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.
In French with English sub-titles
Running Time 95mins
Ratings Info Cert 15 4-5 Star
Director(s) Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Cast includes Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry, Catherine Salée, Morgan Marinne, Olivier Gourmet
Nominations & Awards 40 wins from 79 nominations including nomination for Best Actress (Marion Cotillard).
The Dardennes’ latest feature has an epic quality that belies its small-town setting.
…..the film is utterly absorbing. The tension rises and rises the closer the quietly heroic Sandra comes to securing the majority she needs.
Cotillard’s performance as this variously vulnerable and defiant but quite ordinary cinematic heroine is unshowy and beautifully judged. The film-making is similarly controlled; compassionate and angry without editorialising; unrushed while making sure that every moment counts.
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne’s film is thoughtful, humane and superbly composed
Cotillard is just superb
London Evening Standard
The latest offering from the Dardenne brothers is about the beauty of solidarity and the quiet happiness that blooms when one treats co-workers with respect.
It goes without saying that this isn’t your typical, August shoot-em-up. Yet, thanks mostly to a tight script and an extraordinary performance from Marion Cotillard, each of its 95 minutes feels like a life-or-death affair.
Marion Cotillard fights for her job and her dignity in this stunning movie from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers.
From the theme of global downsizing, the filmmakers wring humour, heartbreak, suspense and stirring social drama. Cotillard, a consummate actress ….. is magnificent, her luminous eyes reflecting a soul in crisis. The Dardennes have been creating major cinematic miracles out of minute details, and this film ranks with their finest. “Two Days, One Night” is a film for its time, bristling with peril and alive to every flicker of human decency.
Steeped in the Dardennes’ favoured themes of work, family and the value of money, and infused with the suspense of a ticking-clock thriller, “Two Days, One Night”………. once again finds a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas.
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