Two Days, One Night

Terrific film at Ludlow (yet again). A woman suffering from depression has been laid off at work, and her colleagues have been promised a bonus because they’re going to manage without her. After a union rep intervenes, the management agree to take a vote of ther workers involved on Monday morning, so she has the weekend to persuade them to vote for reinstating her, depriving themselves of a bonus in the process. Twenty years ago we’d have said this was an unrealitsic scenario; now, it seems all too believable. And especially with Marion Cotillard, one of the few world-class actresses who could actually convince you that she’s not only working class, but a bit of a shambles a lot of the time. the set up gives it a kind of classic intensity, not quite he Aristotelian unities but close, and it held me all the way through.