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Two Days, One Night (2014)

Deux jours, une nuit (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 May 2014 (Belgium)
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Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Sandra
Fabrizio Rongione ... Manu
Catherine Salée ... Juliette
Baptiste Sornin Baptiste Sornin ... M. Dumont
Pili Groyne Pili Groyne ... Estelle
Simon Caudry Simon Caudry ... Maxime
Lara Persain Lara Persain ... Femme de Willy
Alain Eloy Alain Eloy ... Willy
Myriem Akheddiou Myriem Akheddiou ... Mireille
Fabienne Sciascia Fabienne Sciascia ... Nadine
Anette Niro Anette Niro ... Nanna
Rania Mellouli Rania Mellouli ... Fille Timur
Christelle Delbrouck Christelle Delbrouck ... Barwoman
Timur Magomedgadzhiev Timur Magomedgadzhiev ... Timur
Hassaba Halibi Hassaba Halibi ... Femme de Hicham (as Hassiba Halabi)
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Storyline

Sandra Bya, married with two children, has been off work from her job at Solwal on medical leave for depression. During her absence from work, her boss, M. Dumont, on the suggestion of her immediate supervisor, the shop foreman Jean-Marc, figures that her section of the company can function with sixteen people working full time with a bit of overtime instead of seventeen with no overtime, that seventeenth person being Sandra. Because of the global competition the company faces, Dumont decides the company can only finance the annual bonuses for those sixteen employees, which are EUR1,000 per person, or Sandra's job, leaving the decision to those sixteen. On a Friday near the end of her medical leave, Sandra learns of this situation from her friend and co-worker Juliette after the "show of hands" vote is held, the result a 13-3 decision for the bonuses over Sandra's job. Because Juliette knows Jean-Marc, who is determined to get rid of Sandra, influenced the vote by scare mongering ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | France | Italy

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

21 May 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$122,403 (Belgium), 21 May 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,436,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,016,922
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Dardenne brothers revealed to Variety in 2015 that they were planning to shoot The Unknown Girl (2016) with Marion Cotillard as the lead doctor, but it didn't work out, so they decided to do Two Days, One Night (2014) with her instead. Years later, they shot the film with another actress. See more »

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[first lines]
Sandra: Hello? I was resting. Just a second. I have to get my tart out. I've made a tart for the kids. Yes, why? Tell me why. No. No, Juliette. No.
[hangs off the phone]
Sandra: You mustn't cry.
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Soundtracks

La Nuit n'en Finit plus
Written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono (Version "Needles and Pins")
French lyrics by Jacques Plante
Performed by Petula Clark
© 1963 EMI Unart Catalog Inc,
(p) 2010 BMG Rights Management
Avec l'aimable autorisation d'EMI Catalogue Partnership France
de BMG Rights Management et Sony Music Entertainment France. Tous droites résérves.
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Cotillard shines
26 August 2014 | by jamiesanders84See all my reviews

The heart of this film does not lie in the simple plot, but in the portrayal of a woman, and her family, struggling with depression and the prospect of losing everything.

After coming out the other side of an apparently lengthy battle with depression, Sandra (Cotillard) faces the prospect of losing her job if she cannot convince the majority of her colleagues to forgo a €1,000 bonus in favour of her staying with the company. One by one, she reaches out the her co-workers in the hope that she can convince them to vote for her to stay. On the whole, it is not these interactions that steal the show, but Sandra's own personal struggles with having to ask. The guilt she feels, pleading with people to give up money that most of them desperately need in order for her to keep a job she's not been at for months, coupled with her on-going struggles with depression and her own demons. Cotillard's performance is exceptional throughout, her frustration and upset so believable that it's easy to forget that this an actress playing a role. Anyone who has been affected by depression, either personally or indirectly, will find large portions of the film relatable and harrowing.

A strong supporting cast and a truly moving script complete this understated gem of a movie.


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