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Bravura performance in a simple yet moving Belgian film
on 12 November 2014
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.