One of the better surprises of the 2014 season will have to be Two Days, One Night... the latest film by the Dardenne brothers.
Two Days, One Night or Deux jours, une nuit is a Belgian flick about one woman's struggle to convince her coworkers to let her keep her job after the bosses had put her position up against a pretty big bonus. It's an incredible study on human nature and what happens when people are forced to show their true colors. And since the ultimate decision that the company is asking its employees to make for it is an incredibly unfair one, I can't help but look at it as a quality metaphor for any country's workforce... I live in the United States... so the comparisons come to mind particularly of the surrounding work expectations of my home. It's a keen look into how inhuman a corporation can be without anyone's help... though people seem liable to help the negative effects far more than one would expect. Yet, there are always little rays of hope.
Marion Cotillard shocked the world with her most recent Oscar nom. And she certainly gives an Oscar worthy performance. It was so compelling to watch her change her perspective bit by bit from hopeless to hopeful to lost to won... to finding her own dignity when most others seemed resolved to let theirs go by the wayside. I appreciate that the Oscars (in spite of many other major oversights both past and present) were willing to give one of the better performances of the season a fighting chance.
If you are lucky enough to get the chance to see Two Days, One Night I suggest you take it. This is precisely the kind of subject we need to be talking about in this country.