Deux jours, une nuit

December 26th, 2014







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Deux jours, une nuit

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Plot
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.5/10 (7,500 voted)

Critic's Score: 93/100

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée

Storyline
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

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



Details

Official Website: Artificial Eye [UK] | BFI [UK] |

Country: Belgium, France, Italy

Language: French, Arabic

Release Date: 21 May 2014

Filming Locations: Seraing, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium

Box Office Details

Budget: €7,000,000 (estimated)



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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marion Cotillard first met directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne in 2011, on the set of Rust and Bone (2012) - the Dardenne brothers were co-producers on that film. They met Cotillard by chance, coming out of an elevator holding her baby, and were won over immediately. They looked at each other and said, 'We would like to work with you'. Driving back to Liège, Belgium, they didn't stop talking about her: her face, her look..., Luc said. "Hiring such a famous actress was an additional challenge for us. Marion was able to find a new body and a new face for this film," Jean-Pierre added. See more »



User Review

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Rating: 9/10

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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