Manu and Sandra Bya are married and they have two children. Manu has a job in a restaurant kitchen. Sandra works at a solar panel factory but she has been hospitalized and on medical leave from her job for depression. Her supervisor, M. Dumont decides that her section can get along without her. The work can support sixteen people with a little overtime instead of seventeen people and no overtime. The company can also save money by paying annual bonuses of 1000 Euros to sixteen people and not seventeen. Sandra finds out the news from Juliette, her friend and also her co-worker. There was a show of hands vote on Friday with the result 13-3 for the bonus option and elimination of Sandra’s job. Juliette knows the section supervisor Jean-Marc is in favor of letting Sandra go and he put pressure on the employees to choose the bonus plan.
The news about her job problems does not help Sandra with her depression and she starts back on her medication. She can’t stop crying all the time and this was her original problem. He husband encourages her to personally visit all the workers and ask them to forgo the bonus so she can keep her job. It seems like this would be boring with Sandra asking all the workers the same question but she gets different attitudes and responses from each one. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
95 min, Drama directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne with Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salee, Batiste Sornin, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry, Lara Persain, Alain Eloy, Myriem Akeddiou.
Note: Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 97% critic 77% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*.
Special Note: This movie was filmed in Seraing and Liege, Wallonia, Belgium. Marion Cotillard was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and she received a 15-minute standing ovation at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Marion has little or no makeup, she wears her hair in a ponytail and has only casual clothing.