The Higgins Labor Studies Program presents the 4th Annual Notre Dame May Day Movie cosponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. This year, the May Day Movie is “Two Days, One Night,” a modern fable about work, family, and solidarity.
For the first time, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up with a major international star, Marion Cotillard, to create a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company can operate with one fewer employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go. After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, Sandra races against time over the course of the weekend, often with the help of her husband, to convince each of her fellow employees to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results in this powerful statement on community solidarity.
Originally published at nanovic.nd.edu.