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Running Time: 95 Minutes
Starring: Marion Cotlilard, Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Cornill, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée
Screenplay by and Directed by: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Retail Price: $39.95
Features: Interview with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Interviews with Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione, On Location, Léon M.'s Boat Went Down the Meuse for the First Time featuring an introduction with the Dardennes, To Be an I, Trailer
Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen Screen 1080p High Definition, French DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English Subtitles, Chapters (22 Chapters)
Released: August 25th, 2015
English subtitles are included.
Settle in, everyone — Criterion has put together a very fine collection of supplements for this release. First up is an Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Running a whopping 51 minutes, the brothers discuss how the movie was
inspired by a published sociological study, before launching into
discussions of Sandra as a character, the nature of the work force, the
people in Sandra's orbit, moral choices and much, much more. Passionate
and insightful, this is a must see for anyone who liked the film.
Running a bit over 22 minutes are Interviews with Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione.
The actors discuss their characters separately, and offer plenty of
insights about them within the film's story. The two are absorbing when
giving their thoughts.
On Location is a piece
that runs about 37 minutes, where the Dardenne Brothers return to four
shooting locations from the movie, and offer stories and thoughts about
these places. The locations are titled Timur and the soccer field,
Willy's house, Anne's place and Mireille/Reflections on solidarity.
They even re-enact some scenes, and we see scenes from the final film.
Linking nicely with the film is a 1979 documentary the brothers made called When Léon M.'s Boat Went Down the Meuse for the First Time.
Running 40 minutes, the doc focuses on a strike that occured in Belgium
during 1960. The brothers also offer a nearly-21 minute Interview on
the documentary, discussing this early work and filmmaking background,
and how it later influenced their feature length narratives.
To Be an I is an 8 and-a-half minute video essay from critic and filmmaker Kent Jones, where he uses Two Days, One Night as
a focal point in discussing the themes and ideas that have come into
play in the previous films of the brothers. This short piece about "the
cinema of hope" is concise and interesting, and certainly encourages
those who watch it to seek out the previous work of the Dardennes.
The film's Trailer is included, as well as an essay from critic Girish Shambu.
The great humanist filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have crafted another gripping tale with Two Days, One Night
— which is enhanced by the fine performances, led by Marion Cotillard.
Criterion has put together a stellar release for the film: a flawless
transfer, a fine 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix and in-depth
supplements. For fans of the filmmakers and foreign film, this is
another worthy addition to your movie collection.