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Two Days, One Night [DVD] [2014]

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  • Actors: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M316CNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,950 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Directed by The Dardenne Brothers, who are the most celebrated and decorated filmmaking partners in the world, boasting five Cannes wins and countless other international awards. Two Days, One Night was in competition for the Palme d'Or at this years Cannes Film Festival.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By abkq on 9 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Sandra in this film could easily turn into someone like the exasperating Delphine in Eric Rohmer's "The Green Ray" (certainly not how Rohmer intends us to see her) I think the portrayal of Sandra in "Two Days One Night" is more successful and the moral questions thought provoking.
On the one hand one could criticize Sandra for being a pest by going round to her colleagues' houses to ask them to give up their bonuses in order to save her job from which she feels she has been unfairly dismissed (In the film she reflects upon this herself). On the other hand, one must admire her for going through such a humiliating task like a martyr.
No, Sandra is depicted not as a saint embracing unconditional sacrifices, but as an ordinary human being with difficult moral and practical problems to think through and act upon.
Her asking others to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job cannot be understood as a selfish act. There is the important consideration of fair play. This is further emphasized at the end of the film (spoiler alert !) when the management explains to her that a colleague on temporary contract has to go in order to make room for her job back and she rejects the offer.
Next to moral decisions, the other central theme of the film is exploitation of the workers and manipulation of power. But even here, the tone of the film remains personal and intimate rather than didactic.
The momentum of the film is driven by a simple and effective device: Every time Sandra goes to see her co-worker, we want he or she to be in and to say yes to her appeal. And the suspense is generated by the colleague not being at home and so requiring a return visit and more waiting and not knowing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hugh M. Clarke on 23 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
While not the best Dardenne film, "Two Days, One Night" is very engaging and the viewer becomes involved in the life of the protagonist (Sandra) as she visits her fellow workers in an attempt to elicit their support, asking them to make a financial sacrifice so that she won't lose her job. Her calls on her colleagues are sometimes humiliating and at other times deeply connecting. In the process, we too get our foot in the door of their lives, noticing that they too have anxieties and harsh dilemmas to face and that none of them is rich and secure. In the film, Sandra moves from feeling a depressed, anxious and worthless victim to feeling buoyant, positive and purposeful. Her ordeal enables her to make a moral decision, and in the process to experience her own integrity.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Boswell on 2 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
A simple premise, small budget and a beautiful study in what can be done with good acting (the ever-excellent and compelling Marion Cotillard) and direction to match. The premise, 16 workers opt for a 1000 euro bonus each at the expense of their co-worker (Cotillard) losing her job unless she can persuade them to change their minds. And on that moral conundrum the whole film rests and still manages to be more gripping and compelling than films with 10 times the budget. What I liked particularly was that this problem was not just presented as a simplistic choice between right and wrong, but that the circumstances of the co-workers were fleshed out such that your sympathies were, to some extent, with both those who opted for the bonus and those who were persuaded to forego it to preserve their co-workers job. As such it serves as a philosophical reflection on how our moral choices are influenced by the circumstances we find ourselves in.

An excellent film that is certainly worth your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Sandra (Marion Cotillard - `Rust and Bone') is a young mother in Belgium, who has been off sick. She returns to work to find that her co workers have been given the choice of a hefty bonus and she is `let go'or she can have her job back and they get nothing. She finds this out as the day draws to a close on a Friday.

Her husband is really supportive, that is Fabrizio Rongione playing Manu, and he convinces her that all is not lost. With his encouragement she decides to visit all sixteen of her colleagues and ask them to take another vote on Monday and hopefully be able to keep her job and save her family from the ignominy of social housing and having to move. What follows are her attempts to connect with all of the people she thought she knew over the rest of the weekend. The ups and downs are truly moving and the outcome is always uncertain.

This showcases a brilliant performance from Cotillard who captures the strength and fragility of the pill popping Sandra just perfectly. The film has a natural pace and almost casual observational quality that draws you in and makes you feel part of the whole process. It is in French with very good subs and is a truly great piece of film making.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
This excellent film draws you in. As she is preparing a fruit tart for her hisband ad her two children, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) hears by 'phone that she has lost her job at the small solar panel company at which she works. For a time she has been off ill with depression ; is this a factor? The manner of the sacking is bizarre - the result of a poll initiated by management and taken among the 16 workers, who vote either for a 1000 Euro bonus or for the continuing employment of Sandra. The vote goes against Sandra 14-2. The narrative drive of the film is Sandra's angst-ridden, uncertain attempt to visit all 16 co-workers in two days and persuade them to change their minds. And this, it seems, is what the film is about.

What it is really about, however, is Sandra's view of herself and her journey towards good health, a journey which is far from certain to succeed. Supported by the unwavering encouragement of her husband,Manu, she visits her work colleagues, and we meet a group of poor people in differing situations for most of whom the bonus is a godsend ; how is it possible to give it up? And so Sandra faces setbacks which are really hard to take. How successful or unssucessful she is, the film reveals, increasingly involvingly as it goes on.

It is true that one or two episodes in the film strain credulity a little, but the portrayal of the lives of these people and the exceptionally strong central performance of Marion Cottillard, who is hardly ever off screen and usually in close focus, make up for that, in my view. As the film moves on, we really want to know the result of the eventual second vote, on the Monday morning after the weekend during which her visits take place, And so we reach the vote, and the film ends, very effectively in my view - but about that I can say nothing! Highly recommended
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