Two Days, One Night (2014)

Two Days, One Night (2014)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée


Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

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  • Belgian directors and Cannes favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have long been portraitists of the working class, observing their economic, moral, spiritual, and psychological burdens in films such as La Promesse (The Promise), Rosetta, Le fils (The Son), and L’enfant (The Child). In Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night), they train their eyes on Sandra Bya (Marion Cotillard) as she attempts to retain her job at a solar panel factory.

    Sandra is a wife and mother who has been on leave following a nervous breakdown. During her absence, her boss Dumont (Baptiste Sornin) and foreman Jean-Marc (Olivier Gourmet) have discovered they can survive without her, with the 16 remaining employees shouldering her workload by working an extra three hours a week. With Jean-Marc leading the charge, Dumont has given her co-workers a choice: get rid of Sandra and receive a bonus or bring back Sandra and forego the bonus. Urged by her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) and her co-worked Juliette (Catherine Salée), Sandra convinces Dumont to conduct another vote that coming Monday. It’s up to her to convince the others to change their votes.

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