The complex issue of immigration in the EU as seen from the POV of a dedicated young doctor. Warning: American viewers, whose health "care" system has been completely privatized & deliberately set up to work against the interest + well-being of patients, would simply not get this movie. When it comes to healthcare, Belgium (and most countries in the EU) is civilized. The UK is another story: I, Daniel Blake docet.
Haenel resides in the moment throughout even if her character is a little mysteriously guarded of her deeper objectives. I thought less in terms of immigration and more along the lines of those below the bread-line. The film itself is engaging and it's final turns well designed, it just takes about 20 mins too long to get there. 3 stars
This crystallizes what now seems obvious: Dardenne stories are fantasies of modern sainthood, peripatetic episodes of moral rectitude, physical abuse, and suppliance. The heroine's total lack/sacrifice of a personal life (unlike in previous films) brings this to focus (at the cost of some brightness). It also calls to question our approval of female characters fanatically committed to anyone but themselves.
This film really looks and feels as if it has been made with festival jurors in mind. The everydayness, the social reality and the somewhat thin plot is really what we've come to see in many prize-winning movies. This movie has just too little excitement to sustain it properly. Even though the actress' performance is amazing. I just wanted (to know) more (of her inner world).
3,5 - The victim asks to be seen, the executioners don't want to.
The real unknown girl is the main character. The invisible director, always on the screen.
It's the anxiety of truth, beyond the plausibility. Truth is the main theme, maybe the movie is less true.
I instinctively respond to the Dardenne's, and this seems uncharacteristically ambiguous given the subject. It suggests a certain self-erasure (a la the title) in the face of our current moral failings. Their films are excellent moral tales, though here the structure of 2 Days is honed at the risk of being invariant. I agree with the premise, but wonder if the tidiness simplifies our complicity.