As I mentioned in my last post, a cold laid me low for a bit and I took refuge each evening in watching movies on Netflix. Another film that I quite liked was Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night), starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (for her role as Edith Piaf). Here, Cotillard plays Sandra, an emotionally fragile Belgian woman who is fighting for her job. She works in a small company whose management has given their employees an ultimatum – either Sandra cannot return after her sick leave ends or they will not receive their bonuses, there isn’t enough money for both. The word for a bonus is une prime (oon preem).
Sandra spends a weekend going from employee to employee asking them to vote against their own financial interests to save her job. It’s not a comedy, that’s for sure, but Cotillard is as fully believable as troubled Sandra as she was as la Môme. Unsurprisingly, she was nominated for an Oscar for this film as well. The film opens a window to what it would be like to be working class in Europe, and it’s not a pretty image. Most of the dialogue is at a slow pace, and the movie is also subtitled in English. If it’s not available to you on Netflix, you can get it through Amazon.