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 because of 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 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 do 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 might be boringwith Sandra asking the workers the same question but she gets different attitudes and responses from everyone. Cotillard is not wearing any makeup or special clothes. 3½* (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*, Amazon 3.7* out of 5* with 89 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Seraing, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium. Marion Cotillard received a second Oscar nomination for this movie. She won previously for La Vie en Rose of 2007. She is the only actor to receive multiple Oscar nominations for foreign language films with the film not nominated for an Oscar. She is also the only actor nominated for an Oscar for a Belgian film.