Rent Two Days, One Night (2014)

3.4 of 5 from 486 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
In what is already being heralded as one of her greatest performances, Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, whose employment is threatened when, behind her back, upper management offer the workforce a significant bonus if they vote for Sandra to lose her job. With only a single weekend to spare she must confront each of her co-workers and persuade them to change their decision so she can maintain her livelihood. Join Sandra on her precarious, humbling and inspirational journey...
Actors:
, , , , , Simon Caudry, , , , Fabienne Sciascia, Anette Niro, Rania Mellouli, , , , Soufiane Jilal, , , Yohan Zimmer, Safia Gollas
Directors:
,
Producers:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
Voiced By:
Corentin Lahaye, Alix Toussant
Writers:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Aka:
Deux jours, une nuit
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Belgium, Top 100 Films, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/10/2014
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Marion Cotillard
  • Interview with Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/10/2014
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Marion Cotillard
  • Interview with Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (17) of Two Days, One Night

Not English - Two Days, One Night review by GL

Spoiler Alert
02/01/2015

Nowhere did anyone mention that the film was French with english subtitles, the film may have been good but when relaxing who wants to read.

3 out of 23 members found this review helpful.

Absorbing - Two Days, One Night review by AK

Spoiler Alert
31/03/2015

I found this a fascinating and very credible film. Marian Cotillard's performance is absolutely excellent and the tensions and difficulties of reconciling the lure of more money with solidarity was very sensitively portrayed. The political message - of exploitation and bribery - was gently handled and happily the ending was very clever, Hollywood-like schmaltz completely avoided. A little masterpiece in my opinion and very French.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Lots of missed opportunities in the making of this film - Two Days, One Night review by AM

Spoiler Alert
03/02/2015

The plot was very simple - can the heroine persuade enough of her co workers to change their minds about voting for her to be laid off so they could receive their bonus? But the story is actually about her journey in developing resilience to whatever life is throwing at her, with the help of her determined husband. Unfortunately a lot of that journey and of her coworkers reactions I found unbelievable, so I found I didn't engage with the characters, and didn't care what happened to them, I was just observing dispassionately. The husband was to me the best actor in the film, many of the other characters seemed wooden. And if they were all so hard up, why did they all have brand new cars, kids had laptops, everyone in new clothes? Just didn't add up, shame. The photography seemed to me more like news reportage. Lots of missed opportunities in the making of this film.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Two Days, One Night (aka Deux jours, une nuit) review by Michelle Sommerville - Cinema Paradiso

Let’s not fool ourselves, Two Days, One Night does not have the most interesting premise. However, it is surprising how engaging this film is. It has true meaning, it has good acting, and I give it three out of five stars.

The film follows Sandra (played by Marion Cotillard). After experiencing medical issues, she finds herself fired from her job. That is, unless she can convince the rest of the employees to forfeit their yearly bonuses, which will give the company enough money to keep her on. We are with Sandra for the weekend, and watch as she goes from one employee to another, pleading her case. Will greed give way to selflessness, or is Sandra out of luck?

This film is deceptive in its seeming simplicity. You won’t be on the edge of your seat, or hanging on their every word, but you will walk away and still find yourself thinking about it. Essentially, this film is about greed, how strongly humans cling to money above all else, but also how communities can grow together in times of need. While films that are made purely for entertainment are an important part of the industry, films like these that have a grander comment to make are vital. Not only is the story remarkable, but so was the acting.

It is hard to define it as ‘acting’ when it looked so realistic and genuine; it felt like you were watching a documentary. The dialogue - though translated from French - flowed smoothly. Marion Cotillard - known for both her French and American films - is definitely the best thing about this film. She dominates the film as a powerful, yet vulnerable, lead character. I am not familiar with any of the other actors in the film, but the vast majority of acclaim from assorted sources is directed toward Cotillard.

By not adding fancy effects, we were able to relate more with the characters and story. This is also achieved by the long - seven-minute - shots (of which there were often dozens of takes). Without constant cuts, we don’t feel led by the director, and feel more at-ease.

This is not the first work like this by the Belgium writers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. They have a special skill for drawing us into everyday events, and giving us new ways to think about them.

Reviews from online and in-print critics, as well as audiences, have been overwhelmingly positive. While I agree it is a good film, I still find the hype to be over-the-top.

I would be surprised if this film got much recognition from international audiences, but I would recommend it to anyone. Do not get caught up in the film’s hype and five-star reviews, and instead just appreciate it for what it is.

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