Academy Award-nominated actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) has been nominated again for her leading role in Two Days, One Night. She plays Sandra, a young wife and mother who works in a small solar-panel factory in Belgium. After suffering from a nervous breakdown, she’s forced to take time off from work. While she’s gone, her co-workers realize they can cover her shifts. Their boss proposes that they continue to cover her shifts (with a bonus), knowing that would mean the end of Sandra’s job. Sandra, with the help of her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) has the weekend – Two Days, One Night — to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job. The film was written by the Dardenne brothers.
Two Days, One Night has received great critical acclaim. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Cotillard’s performance earned a 15 minute standing ovation. The Guardian praised the film, in particular Cotillard’s “supremely intelligent performance.” Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar made a list of the best films and performances of 2014 and included Cotillard’s portrayal of Sandra.