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Kamloops Film Festival: Deux Jours, Une Nuit
March 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Belgium/ France/ Italy
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Drama 95 minutes
Praised at this year’s Cannes Film Festival what follows is arguably Dardennes greatest cinematic achievement to date. They have teamed with Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, and the result is another masterwork of humanism. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can ope rate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have brought an extremely relevant social inquiry and turned it into a powerful statement on community solidarity.
“a career-high performance from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard” Dave Calhoun, TIME OUT
“This movie is a miracle… the Dardennes’ greatest film to date” LITTLE WHITE LIES
“impassioned, exciting and moving… outstanding” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian