Two Days, One Night


Best Foreign Film Oscar Submission

Sandra’s job at the solar panel factory is about to be eliminated due to downsizing. Her only chance to keep her livelihood is to convince a majority of her 16 coworkers to give up the bonuses they’ve been offered to absorb her work, and she only has the weekend to do it before the choice is put to the vote on Monday. Already struggling with depression, the fragile Sandra sets out to put her case to her colleagues who have their own struggles to face. Marion Cotillard is a marvel as Sandra, a jumble of fear and pride, despair and hope. By setting the clock ticking on her quest, the Dardennes brothers have created a humanist thriller that focuses on one woman’s quest to survive while painting a vivid portrait of the humble dreams and daily strains of the working class and the devastating effects of a downsized culture.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): Belgium/France/Italy
  • Language(s): Arabic, French
  • Year: 2014
  • Running time: 95 minutes
  • Director(s): Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Writer(s): Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Cinematographer(s): Alain Marcoen
  • With: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry
  • Print Source: Sundance Selects