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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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Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Sandra
Fabrizio Rongione ... Manu
Catherine Salée ... Juliette
Baptiste Sornin Baptiste Sornin ... M. Dumont
Pili Groyne Pili Groyne ... Estelle
Simon Caudry Simon Caudry ... Maxime
Lara Persain Lara Persain ... Femme de Willy
Alain Eloy Alain Eloy ... Willy
Myriem Akheddiou Myriem Akheddiou ... Mireille
Fabienne Sciascia Fabienne Sciascia ... Nadine
Anette Niro Anette Niro ... Nanna
Rania Mellouli Rania Mellouli ... Fille Timur
Christelle Delbrouck Christelle Delbrouck ... Barwoman
Timur Magomedgadzhiev Timur Magomedgadzhiev ... Timur
Hassaba Halibi Hassaba Halibi ... Femme de Hicham (as Hassiba Halabi)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Belgium | France | Italy

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

21 May 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$122,403 (Belgium), 21 May 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,436,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,016,922
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Dardenne brothers revealed to Variety in 2015 that they were planning to shoot La fille inconnue (2016) with Marion Cotillard as the lead doctor, but it didn't work out, so they decided to do Two Days, One Night (2014) with her instead. Years later, they shot the film with another actress. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

La Nuit n'en Finit plus
Written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono (Version "Needles and Pins")
French lyrics by Jacques Plante
Performed by Petula Clark
© 1963 EMI Unart Catalog Inc,
(p) 2010 BMG Rights Management
Avec l'aimable autorisation d'EMI Catalogue Partnership France
de BMG Rights Management et Sony Music Entertainment France. Tous droites résérves.
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Very necessary slow paced film, held by great acting
23 May 2014 | by bipin-anandSee 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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