“Two Days, One Night”

OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: As Sandra, Marion Cotillard portrays a factory worker who has two days to convince her colleagues to forgo their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Clinching the fifth spot in the Best Actress category, Marion Cotillard beat out the likes of Jennifer Aniston for her dramatic turn in “Cake,” which earned her both a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. Cotillard also bested Academy Award darling Amy Adams for her Golden Globe winning performance in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes”. She is no stranger to the Academy either, having won for her performance in the French adaptation “La Vie En Rose” (2007). Some believe she should have also been nominated for her role in “Rust And Bone” (2012), to which I still hold a strong case for.

In the French film Deux Jours, Une Nuit” (“Two Days, One Night”), Marion takes a domestic role as Sandra, a wife and mother suffering from depression who decides she’s ready to go back to work. However, she suddenly finds out she’s been laid off due to a biased vote that pit her against the bonuses of her co-workers. Being the main bread winner of her family, her husband begs her to fight for her job. In a last ditch effort, Sandra gets her boss to agree to another vote, this one a secret ballot. The problem then lies in her having to convince her co-workers, over one weekend, to give up their 1,000 euros bonus so that she can keep her job. One by one, she struggles to track down her co-workers and convince them, causing some hurt feelings and altercations along the way. With the depression aspect of her character leaving plenty of room for her to explore, Marion turns out a vulnerable yet convincing performance. One scene in particular, where she calmly toys with committing suicide will stick with me for a long time.

Who’s her competition? Julianne Moore and her performance in “Still Alice” (to which I still need to see) is the performance to beat, say the Oscar pundits. Having been the fifth spot clincher, it does mean, however, that Marion had enough support to sneak past Aniston and Adams. Felicity Jones and Reese Witherspoon feel like beatable opponents in this category. And with the complete lack of love for “Gone Girl,” a win for Rosamund Pike would be astonishing. With Moore winning the Golden Globe, I would be surprised if anyone could beat her, but if we are ranking them, Marion could probably a close second in the eyes of the Academy.

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// Produced by Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd, & Jean-Pierre Dardenne //
// Directed by Luc Dardenne & Jean-Pierre Dardenne //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 // Laemmle Playhouse 7 //  42 films – 36 days //

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