DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT / TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

SYNOPSIS
Arguably contemporary cinema’s greatest chroniclers of the workingclass,
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne here join forces with one of the
most talented performers working today, Marion Cotillard. The actress
plays Sandra, an employee at a solar-panel factory in an industrial town
in Belgium who took a leave of absence after suffering a bout of crippling
depression. Although eager to return to work, the wife and mother of two
young children is told that management is offering each of her colleagues
a 1,000-euro bonus if they vote to make her redundant. Sandra, still
emotionally frail, faces the daunting task of meeting with each of her 16
coworkers over the span of a weekend to convince them why they should
forgo the cash and let her resume her position at the company. Each of
these encounters reveals the Dardenne brothers’ signature compassion
for characters torn asunder by the demands of late capitalism. The themes
that dominate this unforgettable film—the fight for worker solidarity,
the definition of sacrifice, the struggle to maintain self-respect—aren’t
presented didactically but rather emerge organically as Sandra pleads,
again and again, for the right not to be dismissed.

“The ticking time-bomb nature of the plot adds a whole new level of anxiety to the
Dardennes’ typically uncanny depiction of human fallibility and determination.
This is a humanist thriller set in the hothouse of late capitalism—Nerve-racking
and profound.”

—Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

DIRECTOR
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

SCREENPLAY
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

CAST
Marion Cotillard
Fabrizio Rongione
Catherine Salée

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 95’
PRODUCTION Belgium, France, Italy, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films / Sundance Selects