Deux jours, une nuit (or) Two Days, One Night (French, 2014)

Sandra learns that her colleagues at office have voted for a Pay Bonus which would mean her getting fired from her job. Her friend talks to the proprietor and gets permission to hold a secret ballot on the next Monday. In the weekend she has before the secret ballot, Sandra needs to convince enough colleagues to forego their bonus & vote for her in order to obtain a majority in the voting.
Language:
French
Running Time:
95 min
Rating:
PG-13
Release date:
20 May 2014
Directed by:
Luc Dardenne
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Produced by:
Luc Dardenne
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Denis Freyd
Written by:
Luc Dardenne
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring:
Marion Cotillard
Fabrizio Rongione
Olivier Gourmet
Pili Groyne
Simon Caudry
Shot by:
Alain Marcoen
Editing by:
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Distributed by:
Cinéart

What’s Hot

  • It is a Marion Cotillard show all the way as she literally lives the de-glam role of the desperate Sandra. She has beautifully portrayed the after effects of her depression phase due to which her position at office initially came under question. Her body language when she reluctantly begs her colleagues to forego their bonus, her frequent break-downs, the sadness at being turned down, the elation on getting a vote in favor; one could go on & on raving about her performance.
  • Fabrizio Rongione plays the interesting role of Sandra’s Husband, Manu. The role has many layers where on occasions he seems very pushy while on other instances he is very understanding & shares a deep bond with his wife & kids.
  • Few colleagues of Sandra who stay with you even after the movie are: Timur Magomedgadzhiev who remembers how Sandra stood for him and heartbreakingly cries when he sees her for having let her down initially, a short-term contract worker who reveals his fears of being fired if people knew he voted for her, & finally Anne (Christelle Cornil) who wants to side with Sandra in spite of her partner being against it.
  • Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne must be commended for bringing out a problem that occurs over the course of a weekend, something every working class family can relate to. The characterization of Sandra, who takes control of her life & fights to the hilt, is praiseworthy. The climax is also well-etched making the film stay in one’s heart for its unwavering faith in humanity.

What’s Not

  • Devoid of a background score, devoid of any fancy transitions/cuts, devoid of any artificial camera angles/lighting, the film is extremely bleak & slow. While it does help upping the reality quotient of Sandra’s miserable travails, the overall engagement quotient is extremely low.

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‘Two Days One Night’ is a slow yet gritty account of a lady’s quest to keep her job captured in ultra-realistic fashion raising pertinent questions on humanity. While it is not highly engaging, it is worth a watch for Marion Cotillard who proves once again why she is one the finest actors around.

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