Two Days, One Night
Nominated for an Academy Award: Best Actress, Marion Cotillard
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For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers have teamed with a major international star, Academy Award ® winner Marion Cotillard, and the result is another masterwork of humanism. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have brought an extremely relevant social inquiry and turned it into a powerful statement on community solidarity.
Two-time winners of the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are two of the most acclaimed and deeply admired filmmakers at work today. Their deliberate, naturalistic movies slowly constrict as they follow seemingly ordinary characters who live on the edges of society. Though they started their career working on documentaries, their best known films are ROSETTA and THE CHILD, which both won the Palme d'Or at Cannes as well as THE KID WITH A BIKE which was also released by Sundance Selects and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award, becoming their most successful box office success.