The premise of this fine Belgian film is simple: a woman suffering from depression is on sick-leave from work. During her absence, her boss has given her fellow workers an ultimatum: welcome your co-worker back to the plant or declare her redundant and keep your year-end bonus of 1000 Euros, but not both. In a non-secret ballot, the workers choose overwhelmingly to keep their bonuses.
One outraged co-worker insists there be another vote, a secret one, outside the influence of the plant's boss. The boss agrees to the concession, confident, it seems, that the outcome will not change. The new vote will take place Monday.
Marion Cotillard's performance as Sandra is very strong, a "tour de nuance" as one Rotten Tomatoes contributor describes it. The performances from many of the supporting actors are almost as good.
Two Days, One Night feels like a thriller, yet is something much more profound: a movie that challenges both heart and intellect, a movie whose impact will linger, a "mature" movie in the very best sense of that word.