Clinical depression afflicts many people, but we as a society still lag in better understanding it. For the person suffering from it, depression threatens one’s job and relationships, and losses in these realms can deepen the depression. For those who wish to be supportive, it may be frustrating to witness someone in a depressed state and be unable to truly sympathize or help…or both.
In Two Days One Night, the Dardenne Brothers (Jean-Pierre and Luc) create a highly empathetic film that tells a story about Sandra (Marion Cotillard), a single mother who takes leave from her job to heal from depression. In her absence, her coworkers vote to have her laid off in order to gain financially from her unused salary. This common story reveals what is true for those who are suffering—they are often kicked while they are down.
For this role, Marion Cotillard is nominated for Best Actress at the 87th Oscars on February 22. Check out the film before the awards ceremony. It plays at SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue N).
Two Days One Night
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Cast: Marion Cotillard
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 95 mins
Release Year: 2014
Country Of Origin: Belgium