“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.
“Two Days One Night” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. PG-13, 1:35, three and a half stars out of four.
How far would you go to fight for your job? In the Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ powerful and understated drama, Marion Cotillard plays a factory worker who faces a choice that seems almost medieval, but couched by her bosses in the jargon of officespeak.
Just released from the hospital after a workplace accident (and a bout of depression), Sandra (Cotillard) finds she no longer has a job. Her boss told the employees that they could either keep her on staff or keep their 1,000-Euro bonuses. Most voted for the bonuses, but it later appears the foreman was spreading rumors that if Sandra wasn’t laid off, somebody else would be.