Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 May 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A worker in a Belgian company has two days to try and convince her coworkers to vote for her over a new bonus or she will lose her job.
My Take on it – This is another film that I chose to watch in order to try and expand my knowledge of foreign language films.
Marion Cotillard was nominated for Best Actress for this role and I was quite curious to see what this film was all about.
The overall premise is very interesting largely due to the fact that it comes across as being very rea=listic and relevant in the world we live in.
I would have thought that a film about a woman who must find work colleagues on their weekend off and convince each of them why they should vote to keep her would seem repetitious but each and every one of the encounters feels unique and that helps make this film even more intriguing.
Cotillard is great in the lead and we can feel her anxiety and tension as the clocks ticks towards the end of the weekend.
The story itself feels quite realistic and it’s easy to sympathize for the situation that Cotillard’s character is in.
I liked the idea to make it all seem as if we know most of the characters on a vague level and there was no need to develop any of the characters she meets more than what we learn from their short discussions about the situation.
Bottom Line – Very intriguing idea that works despite the fact that it feels like this kind of story would be repetitive. Cotillard is great in the lead and we can really feel for her as the clocks ticks on. The story itself comes across as seeming quite realistic and the way they present it all works pretty well for us to sympathize with the situation the main character finds herself in. The idea to not develop any of the characters very much also works because we can understand each of their positions solely by the short encounters with them. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original idea for the film came in the early 2000s, when the Dardenne brothers read about a real-life case in a big French factory. There was a worker whose production output wasn’t good enough for the other workers to get their bonuses, so that person was let go. They heard about similar cases in Belgium, Italy and USA, and they all raised the question of solidarity. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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