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Two Days, One Night (2014)

Deux jours, une nuit (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 May 2014 (Belgium)
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Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
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Juliette
Batiste Sornin ...
M. Dumont (as Baptiste Sornin)
Pili Groyne ...
Estelle
Simon Caudry ...
Maxime
Lara Persain ...
Femme de Willy
Alain Eloy ...
Willy
Myriem Akeddiou ...
Mireille (as Myriem Akheddiou)
Fabienne Sciascia ...
Nadine
Anette Niro ...
Nanna
Rania Mellouli ...
Fille Timur
Christelle Delbrouck ...
Barwoman
Timur Magomedgadzhiev ...
Hassaba Halibi ...
Femme de Hicham (as Hassiba Halabi)
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Sandra Bya, married with two children, has been off work from her job at Solwal on medical leave for depression. During her absence from work, her boss, M. Dumont, on the suggestion of her immediate supervisor, the shop foreman Jean-Marc, figures that her section of the company can function with sixteen people working full time with a bit of overtime instead of seventeen with no overtime, that seventeenth person being Sandra. Because of the global competition the company faces, Dumont decides the company can only finance the annual bonuses for those sixteen employees, which are EUR1,000 per person, or Sandra's job, leaving the decision to those sixteen. On a Friday near the end of her medical leave, Sandra learns of this situation from her friend and co-worker Juliette after the "show of hands" vote is held, the result a 13-3 decision for the bonuses over Sandra's job. Because Juliette knows Jean-Marc, who is determined to get rid of Sandra, influenced the vote by scare mongering ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Dos días, una noche  »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,000 (USA) (2 January 2015)

Gross:

$1,333,900 (USA) (27 February 2015)
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The film is set and was shot in Seraing, an industrial town in Liege, in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium where the Dardenne brothers were born and raised. Their previous films were set in Seraing as well. See more »

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[first lines]
Sandra: Hello? I was resting. Just a second. I have to get my tart out. I've made a tart for the kids. Yes, why? Tell me why. No. No, Juliette. No.
[hangs off the phone]
Sandra: You mustn't cry.
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Written by Van Morrison
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Very necessary slow paced film, held by great acting
23 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is my first Dardenne Bros film and at the end of this film I was like "I need to explore more of their films". This is a hard hitting slow story. It could be described as monotonous, but I would describe it as very very real. Following Marion's character, Sandra (la performance c'est très magnifique), we see the hardship of how a series of simple tasks turns into the hardest thing she has to do over the Two days and one night.

The Dardenne Bros and the Cinematographer Alain Marcoen used long shots, with very little cuts in certain scenes. At times whole scenes were just one shot. This left Sandra and Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) to hold the screen and make us believe what is going on and they did a great job with this. It allowed me to get into their emotions and into their lives of what they were going through. The lack of soundtrack also added that extra realism into the story.

I found this a heart wrenching and at times victorious film - a very good balance. The flow was great. It is slow, but just like Sofia Coppolo's Lost in Translation the slow-moving pace is necessary to tell the story.

I was able to get a ticket to this film at Festival de Cannes and it was received very well by the audience around us.

I'm off, now, to watch some more Dardenne Bros films!


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