BEST COTILLARD EVER. Vu les lois, qu'un directeur dans une usine mette ses ouvriers en concurrence dans une telle arène de jeux du cirque, est peu pensable en Belgique ou en France. Dilemme féroce et cruel parfaitement conté. === Given the laws, would a factory manager put his workers in competition in such a circus arena is unthinkeable in Belgium or France. Ferocious and cruel dilemma perfectly told.
Marion Cotillard gives a performance which alone carries this film. The performances between the actors kept me engaged watching these characters reacting to such a strong plot device. The cinematography did not take center stage over the actor interactions in any way, I really got lost in the story.
This movie was incredible!! Sandra, played by Marion, gave a compelling and talented performance. Despite the movie being foreign, I believe the plot line deals with many of the issues going on in current society. Having to rely on others to make sacrifices in order to save her job made the film endearing and somewhat relatable. The cinematography and visuals were awesome. I would highly recommend watching this movie
The Dardenne's realist portrayal of optimism is one of the most uplifting underdog tales to date. Cotillard shines as the clinically depressed "Sandra", posturing her hunched anxiety with a tersely awkward tongue. Her dourness is so engrained in the film that when she finally does manage to smile, it perfectly blends a joyous visceral punch in the gut with the films final enlightening moments of hope and humanity.
I don't even know how to talk about this one (though I suppose that's always the case, creativity and language being (some of) my weak areas). It has a very narrow focus (when understood as a series of events) but the issues raised by this film are vast and fundamental to the way we live day-to-day. [cont. in comments]
This movie wasn't what i expected it to be. By looking at the picture it seemed to be a really good movie. the first thing i didn't like was the fact that i had to read subtitles for the entire movie. Then, the main character walked around in self pity the entire time. there were a million different ways to handle the situation, instead she was selfish and only thought about herself. In the end she still lost.
Similar to Costa-Gavras' The Ax, but instead of stylizing its leftist critique with humor, it does so with old-fashioned humanism. I like most films by the Dardennes, but this one left me dry: its pretense realism couldn't hide the clear staging & the script was schematic - the actions all lead to a neat little ideological package. Even Cotillard's extraordinary acting only serves to "make a point".