Thursday, 28 August 2014

Two Days, One Night - review

Sandra (Cotillard) is a wife and mother who returned to work following a bout of depression to find out she is facing unemployment unless she can convince the majority of her co-workers to vote to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job.

After appealing the decision which saw a vote against her of 14-2, Sandra has the eponymous Two Days, One Night to visit and speak to her fellow employees to convince them to change their minds.

It is never explained why she left work and the reasons for her depression but it has left her at odds with her co-workers and the resulting fight to win back her job plays out like a modern day version of 12 Angry Men.

What follows is a series of emotionally charged confrontations powered by a blisteringly raw performance by Marion Cotillard who is utterly convincing as a woman driven to the edge by the pressure of the awkward situation.

It is a thought-provoking film that forces the audience to imagine what they would do if they were placed on both sides of a predicament that could be called One Angry Marion.

4 stars

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