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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Original Title: Deux jours, une nuit
Director: Jean-Pierre DardenneLuc Dardenne
Belgium, France, Italy | French, Arabic
2014 | 95min.
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
15+
The directors of Rosetta and La Promesse return with this contemporary thriller that takes its suspense not from the hunt for a murderer or the intrigues of global superspies, but rather from the far more human—and riveting—task of simply trying to keep one’s job and dignity. Hoping to return to work after a mental health leave, the tired Sandra (Marion Cotillard, La vie en rose; Midnight in Paris) receives an unwelcome phone call. Possibly strong-armed by higher-ups, her coworkers were “given' the unwanted choice between a 1,000 euro bonus or eliminating her job, and chose the bonus. Now Sandra only has the weekend to talk to each coworker and plead with them to change their minds. Some want to help a fellow worker (and human being), others just want the money, but all have their own worries about getting by in a crumbling economy. Through two days and one night, the Dardenne Brothers chart a path through one woman’s search for respect and human community, and through the social and economic realms of today’s working-class, where one day it may be your coworker’s job under threat, and the next day yours. The Dardenne’s handheld, ever-on-the-move aesthetic gives this work the pacing and suspense of any Bourne Identity thriller, while as Sandra, Cotillard delivers perhaps her most powerful, subtle performance. —Jason Sanders

Director,  Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 

Director,  Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Born in Liege, Belgium, the brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne have been awarded the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes twice, for Rosetta in 1999 and L’Enfant in 2005. Their first international hit, La Promesse (1996), showcased what would soon be their trademark aesthetic: long, striding handheld camera takes, mirrored to at-times devastating portraits of the working class, their choices and the social constructs and morality of contemporary Europe. Their other films include The Son (2002) and The Kid with a Bike (2011).

Luc Dardenne

Luc Dardenne

Cast and Crew

Director
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Cast
Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry, Catherine Salée, Batiste Sornin
Production Company
Les Films du Fleuve
Sales Contact
Wild bunch
Middle Eastern Distributor
Teleview International
Producer
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne
Editor
Marie- Hélène Dozo
Cinematographer
Alain Marcoen
Production Designer
Igor Gabriel
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