I got a chance to see this film at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was amazed by it. Two Days, One Night is a Foreign Language film from Belgium and directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. It stars Marion Cotillard (as Sandra) and Fabrizio Rongione (as Manu). The film follows Sandra, a mother who has been struggling with depression for a long time and is now faced with the possibility of losing her job after a ballot was sent to her co-workers and they must choose between getting a bonus or letting Sandra stay. Two out of the sixteen co-workers choose to take the bonus and now she faces her potential dismissal, but one of the two co-workers that opted to let Sandra keep her job catches wind of the fact that one of the employers influenced the others to take the bonus or someone else would be let go. With the help of another employer, they tell Sandra that there will be another ballot sent out to the workers to make the decision again. Now Sandra only has the weekend to meet up with her 14 other co-workers and try to convince them to let her keep her job so that she can keep her salary and raise her kids. It is an incredible journey of a woman struggling with depression, is still trying to fight for her job and convince the others to let her stay over their 1000 Euro bonus, which they also need to make ends meet. Each encounter she has with her co-workers is different and powerful in their own way which is something that I believe is hard to pull off because of the potential dull repetitiveness the filmmakers face when they approached the idea and they definitely nailed each encounter. The film is beautifully crafted in all aspects from the direction, acting, writing, etc. Marion Cotillard is stunning (as usual, she is one of my favorite actresses) in her portrayal of Sandra. She owns each of her scenes managing to make the audience connect with her character’s struggles and will to fight for her job. It is easily one of the best foreign language films I have seen in quite some time and I highly recommend it to everyone. It is a marvelous film and it has my vote for Best Foreign Language Film at next years Academy Awards!
Two Days, One Night Rating: 9.5/10
Potential Oscar Nominations:
Best Actress- Marion Cotillard
Best Foreign Language Film