Two Days, One Night

2014

Two Days, One Night

Critics Consensus

Another profoundly affecting work from the Dardenne brothers, Two Days, One Night delivers its timely message with honesty and clear-eyed compassion.

97%

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Total Count: 181

76%

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Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom. (C) Sundance Selects

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Critic Reviews for Two Days, One Night

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (37)

  • Consider Marion Cotillard's Oscar-nominated performance in Two Days, One Night a tour de nuance.

    Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • As with their previous films, the brothers cast a discerning gaze on working-class lives, without preachiness or sentimentality.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A dilemma so simple and so timely, it barely feels like fiction.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • There is strength in simplicity, something the Dardenne brothers' "Two Days, One Night" and its brilliant star, Marion Cotillard, prove emphatically.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Wonderbrothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return with a tale of heroic struggle against an ordinary disaster.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In film after film the Dardennes have proven themselves the cinema's most acute humanist critics of predatory capitalism; this masterful drama finds them at the top of their game.

    Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two Days, One Night

  • Oct 20, 2016
    To me, the magic of this movie lies in its virtually perfect screenwriting. The premise, escalation, main character's final decision, were all masterful. Cotillard is great and believable in it, but the visuals of this film are understated and not the focus. Thank you Criterion Collection for introducing me to this film!
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2015
    Depression in itself is often shown onscreen to be the symptom of something bigger e.g. grief, anorexia, drug use etc. In reality a large amount of people suffer this debilitating mental illness which has no clear cause, and it's nothing to scoff at. Depression leaves you hollow, self-hating, and drained in more than one way. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/oscarseries/2015/4/19/two-days-one-night
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2015
    Aside from it's off-putting title, "Two Days, One Night" is one of the most original films in recent memory. Spanning over the course of only two days, we follow a woman who is about to lose her job, due to budget cuts, but it may have the chance of being saved if her colleages vote her to stay over accepting a bonus. The film is essentially about one woman's right to work, travelling all over to town to convice her colleagues that fair work is more than extra cash. Marion Cotillard really stands out here, deserving every last bit of pairse she is receiving for her role. The script is sharp, the events are believable, and truthfully (personally vendetta's aside), this is a near flawless picture. It will really hit home to those families who have lost things due to not being able to work. "Two Days, One Night" is a simple little film, but also one of the best of 2014. Beautiful!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2015
    After missing work due to medical depression and being laid off, a woman confronts each of her colleagues who must give up their bonuses for her to remain employed. This is a solid, though repetitive, film. The situations and conflicts are compelling on the whole, but the film essentially has two scenes that repeat ad nauseum. In one the co-worker says, "Okay, you can have your job," and in the other, the co-worker says, "No, I need my bonus." Variations that involve Sandra proving her worth or even a creepy co-worker saying, "Yeah, I'll give up my bonus ... for a price" would test Sandra's character even further, raising the stakes and infusing more conflict. Marion Cotillard gives a good performance, one that is a lesson in listening while remaining in character. Her eyes are more expressive than her dialogue, and I suspect she can credit her Oscar nomination to her baby browns. Overall, Two Days, One Night is a repetitive story that could have been quite good.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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