The clock is ticking – Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has until Monday morning to save her job at a solar energy company. Actually, her 16 colleagues have already decided she should leave. But her employer has left Sandra with a diabolical scenario: either the young mother is let go, or all employees agree to waive an annual bonus of 1000 Euros. Only two of them took Sandra’s side in an open vote, so a second, secret ballot was scheduled for Monday morning. It is now Friday afternoon. That leaves a mere two days for Sandra to convince another seven of her colleagues to cast their next votes in her favour. Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – winners of e.g. two Golden Palms and of the Film Award Cologne – are known for their gripping, hyper-realistic social dramas. In their new film, narrative tension is further heightened through the HIGH NOON-like setup. Even though there is no shooting at the end, the suspense before the showdown is the same.
Deux Jours, Une Nuit
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Selected filmography Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
LA PROMESSE (1996), ROSETTA (1999), LE FILS (2002), L‘ENFANT (2005), LE SILENCE DE LORNA (2008), LE GAMIN AU VÉLO (2011)