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Two Days, One Night(Deux jours, une nuit)

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Belgium, France, Italy

2014

Rated PG-13 • 1h35

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Director

Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Damien Trapletti

Stars

Drama

Genre

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Upon returning to work from a leave of absence, Sandra finds that her job is in jeopardy. Desperate for work, Sandra embarks on a challenging task----to convince her colleagues to forego their yearly bonuses to save her job---but she's running out of time.

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100

Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Most importantly, the film involves us: it draws us into the debate, makes us complicit, demands that we have an opinion, and then upends that same opinion a few minutes later. It's engaging and rousing.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

It's enriched by signature qualities – the humanistic, nonjudgmental gaze, the absence of sentimentality, the ultra-naturalistic style – that have always distinguished the Belgian brothers' fine body of work.
75

Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

The Dardennes believe in human value and social order being rooted in a sense of solidarity, a staggering consciousness of community that brims with a sensitivity to place, movement, and emotion.
91

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Much of the movie relies on Cotillard's jittery expressions as she veers from tentatively hopeful to despondent and back again, sometimes within a matter of minutes, reflecting the ever-changing stability of job security among the lower class.
100

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

perhaps the greatest achievement is in how brilliantly the film balances the trademark Dardennes social conscience with a conceit that plays out almost like a ticking-clock thriller, as well as being a deeply felt character study.
60

CineVue by John Bleasdale

Two Days, One Night is well made, and Cotillard and the rest of the cast give assured performances, but its optimism is desperate. By no means the Dardennes' best work, one wonders if they shouldn't perhaps stray outside of their comfort zone.
100

Empire by Kim Newman

Even if you’ve skipped the Dardennes’ work until now, this is a talking-point movie — and an outstanding lead performance — you need to see. It’s a rare film of unforced simplicity that will stick with you for a long time. And it’s honest right to its perfectly judged ending.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance from Marion Cotillard add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers.
80

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

This is another hugely admirable entry in the Dardenne canon: nothing all that new, perhaps, but as thoughtful, humane and superbly composed as we have, very fortunately, come to expect from them.
100

Variety by Scott Foundas

The Dardennes once again find a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas.

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