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Marion Cotillard earned her second Oscar nomination for this movie, having previously won for La Vie En Rose (2007). She became the only actor to score multiple Oscar nominations for foreign language films without having these films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Cotillard is also the only actor to be nominated for an Oscar for a Belgian film. See more »
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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Good art flick that sneaks up on my blockbuster standards.
It's as low key and quiet as a film can get. It's not enhanced for comedy, action, or drama. Just a realistic human story of the basic struggle to make ends meet in this world.
It's the type of movie that separates the movie geeks from the film geeks.
As a film geek, I can appreciate how the filmmakers did so much with so little, especially actress,Marion Cotillard.
The movie counts on her being realistic, all the way down to the weight it looks like she lost in order to play a woman who just got over an illness, and in order to get her job back spends a weekend visiting her coworkers in order to convenience them to vote for her to get her job back in a secret ballet on Monday, over a big bonus they would all get if she stays laid-off. She had to be believable as a proud woman who did not want to ask her coworkers of this, she did not want their pity, but she needed to support her family, a situation all of her coworkers are also in. It's a truly unbalanced and unfair situation for everyone and Marion did an excellent job portraying how uncomfortable that is.
As a movie geek, though the movie was watered down with absolutely no sugar, I'm glad it was not boring. It helps that the subject is something almost everyone who has a job in this economy can relate to, no matter which side of the equation you're on.
Definitely the type of picture we'll all be discussing long after the film is over. '
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