Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. (IMDb)
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Marion Cotillard, I think she’s brilliant. And it’s no different in this. It’s really something different than she’s done before and it’s fascinating to watch. The movie itself is really interesting because it’s one of those movies where you jump right in and put the pieces together as you go. You would think it would be boring-her traveling around to talk to her co-workers over the span of a weekend-but I was engaged and interested the entire time. I think what helped was that every reaction was different, every situation vastly different. That could be credited to the directors/writers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. They’ve written a complex character as well as a complex (although deceptively simple) script. It does lag in a few places, and while long takes are super interesting, some went on for a tad too long. But overall, this is really well done.