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.
This was shaping up to be one of the Dardennes' best, brilliantly mounting the tension of the whodunnit, with an astute character study (Haenel is, once again, great). Unfortunately, it is all resolved in the worst type of perfunctory way in the last half-hour. It's as if the film can't decide what it wants to be and makes a choice far too late in the day. Still worth a watch but it could have been so much better.
TV/Films are overrun with male doctors cum sleuths. Great to see a film about a female doctor/detective. Appreciated seeing the variety of patients in her practice, and her steadfast, compassionate, and methodical treatment of them. If only the US could have healthcare like this. Felt quite Catholic during some scenes, with characters desiring the anonymity of the confessional. Pacing was effective for the tone.
The Brothers seem to focus their Cinema less and less on action but always more on words. The drama is kept off camera, and the guilt that results from it is personal, professional, and as always with the Dardennes also social. Some reviews were quite moderate but you'll find some astonishing scenes and as always a great script. The acting from Adèle Haenel is minimalist but it does not make the film less emotional.
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.
Se percibe cierto agotamiento en el cine de los hermanos Dardenne. Esa eterna persecución, cámara a hombro, de un personaje yendo, viniendo, moviéndose sin rumbo cierto, se ha convertido en el principal eje argumental de sus películas, perdiendo fuerza el propio guión.
Absolutely amazing! A brilliant original screenplay with hardly any music. A great lead performance from Adele Haenel. The real heroes are the Belgian director-duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes. The greatness of the Dardennes' cinema lies in the choice of the subjects and how each of their films would make you a better person. I admire them because most of their subjects are so original and believable.
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
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.