Co-Writers/Directors/Producers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have created a touching melodrama with Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit).
Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a young Belgian mother of two, who is being terminated from her job so the 16 other workers in her department will be able to get bonuses of 1,000 euros each. That’s the choice management gave.
Convincing the boss (Batiste Sornin) that there might have been pressure applied in the vote, he agrees to a secret ballot after the weekend.
In recovery for depression, Sandra spends the weekend visiting her co-workers, trying to convince them to vote for her continued employment rather than their bonus.
It’s a tough road for her to try to overcome her lack of self-esteem and fight for herself and her family.
This is a film in which casting makes all the difference. Marion Cotillard is so watchable, the monotony of interview after interview is tolerable. It wouldn’t be if a lesser actor played this part. It’s no wonder she gets nominated for the Academy Awards.
However, overall, Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) gets only a 3 out of 5.