“Two Days, One Night” (Netflix) — My full review is here. Marion Cotillard plays a working-class woman who must convince her fellow employees to forego their bonuses or else she’ll be laid off. From such a small struggle, Cotillard’s unshowy performance and the Dardennes Brothers naturalistic direction make for a film that’s full of drama and suspense, as well as a resonant look at an economy that turns fearful workers on one another.
“Song of the Sea” (Amazon Prime) — My full review is here. In this magical animated Irish film from the makers of “The Secret of Kells,” a boy tries to protect his younger sister, who can transform into a sea creature at will.
“Pariah” (Netflix) — My full review is here. A lesbian African-American teenager finds her poetic voice at the same time she finds her personal identity in this soaring and searing drama.
“Seeking a Friend For The End of the World” (Netflix) — Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley forge an unlikely bond in the face of apocalypse in this odd but strangely touching black comedy.
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem” (Amazon Prime) — My full review is here. Much like “Two Days, One Night,” this Israeli film finds drama in a relatively intimate story. A woman trying to divorce her callous husband finds herself going to almost comical lengths to convince a religious court, which sides with marriage in general and the husband in particular, to give her her freedom.