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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]
You mustn't cry.
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Belgian screenwriters, producers and directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's ninth feature film which they co-wrote and produced, premiered In competition at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival in 2014, was screened at the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund in 2014, was shot on locations in Belgium and is a France-Belgium-Italy co-production which was produced by producer Denis Freyd. It tells the story about a mother named Sandra Bya whom whilst dealing with illness and learning from hearsay that her job is at risk, contacts the person accused of the rumor and asks permission to start a secret ballot.
Distinctly and engagingly directed by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws an immediate and interactive portrayal of a working-class husband and wife whom is raising their adolescent son and daughter. While notable for its distinct and atmospheric milieu depictions and reverent cinematography by cinematographer Alain Marcoen, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about a person whom whilst barely hanging on begins fighting with everything she has in her to prevent her employees from taking her work away from her, by a duo of filmmakers who remains in reminiscence for a thematically related feature film, depicts a dense study of character.
This socio-political, somewhat conversational and increasingly heartrending character piece which is set in Belgium in the 21st century and where a Belgian citizen has to locate every one of her sixteen co-workers whom has been promised a bonus and ask them to vote in favor of her keeping her job, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of music, comment by Sandra : "Thank you for your support " and the timely understated and noteworthy acting performance by French actress and singer Marion Cotillard. A cinematically realistic, resonating and ingeniously democratic narrative feature.
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