Two Days, One Night

(Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014)

with Darcy and Theo Meneau, IFC Center, 1/31/15

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Located on the hairline crack between dull and sublime – and, at times, somehow managing to be both – Two Days, One Night makes a virtue of its simplicity, but never transcends its ordinariness.  It’s hard to sympathize with a protagonist who’s her own worst enemy, but that’s the challenge the Dardennes have set for themselves, and there’s something noble about their insistence that everyone – even those who have to be dragged to it kicking and screaming – deserves a shot at redemption.  Theirs is a world of moral grays, a world of small gestures, a world of quiet, unheralded courage and petty, unpunished spite – in other words, it’s our world, with all the familiar frustrations and satisfactions that go along with it.  Is there something perverse about creating drama from such unrelenting mundanity?  Yes.  Is there nevertheless something admirable about it?  Probably yes, too.

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