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Nightwalker's avatar


This must be the biggest positive surprise of 2014. After years and years of overrated pictures, the Dardennes finally made a movie that is so heartwarming (in a melancholy way) and painful (in a provocative way) that I totally get what the fuss is all about. Especially after Le silence de Lorna and Le gamin au vélo I almost gave up on them. I'm glad I gave their most recent effort a fair chance, but must admit this probably wouldn't have happened if Marion Cotillard wasn't in it. She's one of those actresses I really like and in Deux jours, une nuit, I again realize why this is. Since Jeux d'enfants I've been watching her grow and get better with every movie. Now, her role as the depressed, burned-out Sandra is without any doubt one of the best acting performances this year. Not only that, but the Dardennes made one of the most topical movies of the 2010s. When governments, like the one in Belgium, decide to go for hard and merciless cuts in government spending because of an economic recession that is caused by the same people they protect, a lot of civilians become victims of this emotionless, inhuman practice that puts "hard work" before "life quality". The Dardennes have a history of making movies in this social realist style, but never have they made it this subversive. Actually it is quite sad that this kind of movie feels subversive. Everybody goes through hard times and has moments in her/his life where all things just seem pointless. Why is it still such a taboo to talk about these problems? Or are we all supposed to not think about life itself? Are we supposed to ignore the existential void and be happy in ignorant bliss? Deux jours, une nuit moved me on a very personal level. I hope it brings some warmth to those who need it even more, 'cause finally the movie ends with an optimistic note: regardless of how many people may pretend to be better or stronger than you, there will always be those who actually care. Even in the most bleak and dark periods.
6 years 11 months ago
Implar's avatar


Ver touching movie. Good pacing and excellent acting.
7 years 6 months ago
Ibetolis's avatar


One of their very best, a marvelous and important film.
7 years 3 months ago
Aziz.'s avatar


Pink never looked so good..
6 years 10 months ago
contrafugal's avatar


Fucking fantastic. I can't sing the praises of Marion Cotillard enough, but she absolutely crushes this one.
6 years 9 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Two Days, One Night is a Belgian film starring Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a factory worker recovering from depression now required to save her job by convincing her co-workers to forgo their annual bonus so the company can pay her salary. Played for absolute realism, with no score, Sandra uses the same script over and over to talk to each in stead. What else is she going to do? It's the reactions that are different and worth exploring. It's the kind of film that lingers on reactions and on still moments, and that doesn't exclude an unhappy ending. There's tension in that even if the movie is generally quiet. In the end, this is less about difficult economic situations than it is about the struggle to get out from under clinical depression's thumb, and find something in the simple desire to fight for your rights, or for what is right. Real and touching.
5 years 1 month ago
corchap's avatar


Amazing pace, completely seamless. The story and plot are effortless and meaningful.

This was a pleasure to watch.
6 years 2 months ago
filmyjo's avatar


Good drama.. Good filmmaking..
6 years 10 months ago
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10 months 2 weeks ago
devilsadvocado's avatar


It's been six years. Marion Cotillard is due for another career-defining role.
1 year 9 months ago
Chikamaharry's avatar


Didn't resonate with me. VERY slow. And I didn't care for the conflict the protagonist had to deal with at all. Still, I'm a sucker for long scenes in one take, which this had a lot of. Marion Cotillard is marvellous, and so is her husband.
7 years 2 months ago
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