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Cannes 2014 What I Saw #5: Two Days, One Night

by Sydney Levine
May 31, 2014 7:15 PM
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Marion Cotillard in 'Two Days, One Night'

Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) by the Dardennes Brothers shows the fight of a working class young woman to hold on to her financially precarious and hard-won section of the workforce. The sixteen workers in her section are promised a bonus if they vote to oust her and she has two days and one night to convince them to forgo their bonus in order to allow her to keep her job. The formulaic premise is a bit simple, even gimmicky, but Marion Cotillard’s creation of this frail woman, being beaten down by the system and coming out stronger for having persevered in spite of the system is so accomplished, and the true-to-life reasons her colleagues give her for their vote shines upon humanity in a way that satisfies our own need to keep up the good fight for our independence even when exhausted by the strain of life itself. The simplicity of the message, “workers of the world, unite” is, as it always is in the Dardenne Brothers’ films, illuminating to the spirit.

Sold internationally by Wild Bunch, it was picked up in Cannes by Sundance Selects for U.S. It was already licensed for Australia to Madman, Austria to Thimfilm Gmbh, Benelux to Cineart and RTBF, Brazil toImovision, Canada to Métropole Films Distribution, Denmark to Camera Film A/S, Estonia and Latvia to Must Kasi (Black Hand), France to Canal + and Diaphana, Hong Kong (China) to Edko Films Ltd, Hungary toMozinet Ltd., Israel to United King Films Ltd, Italy to Bim Distribuzione , Japan to Gaga, Norway to Arthaus , Lusomundo for Portugal, Romania to Independenta Film, Slovak Republic to Film Europe Media Company , Xenix to Switzerland, U.K. toArtificial Eye and Curzon Film World.

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