Review–Two Days, One Night (at Minnesota Connected)

03/01/2015

If I had to guess, I’d say more than half of Two Days, One Night, the 2014 Cannes entry from French auteurs Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Kid With the Bike), takes place in front of doors. The film’s hero, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) stands at these doors, knocks, waits, composes herself, explains her situation, then braces for the response from the person staring down at her from half inside the doorway. When it’s over she moves onto the next one. No she’s not a Jehovah’s Witness. She has to clarify that at least once. Sandra has been laid off from work. Her husband’s income is not enough to keep the house, pay the bills, and take care of their two children. Her only hope is an ultimatum from her boss: she can keep her job if she convinces a majority of her coworkers to give up their 1000 Euro (roughly $1100 US) bonus. This same deal was offered weeks earlier, and she lost with a vote of 14-2. However, her husband and friends believe (and she reluctantly agrees) that maybe if she looks these people in the eyes the weekend before the vote, she can sway their judgment.

Read more at Minnesota Connected.

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