Starring Marion Cotillard
Directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
This is a movie about Sandra, a working-class wife and mother, suffering from depression, who, about to return to her job, in a factory, learns that her colleagues have just voted to get rid of her, to divide her salary amongst themselves. Because this vote was not entirely on the up-and-up, Sandra has a weekend (two days, one night) to convince the 13 of them to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. In the course of the weekend’s events, Sandra finds out who her friends are, and she also discovers in herself an inner strength and resolve, she thought did not exist. It was very difficult to go door to door, which is just what she did, to talk to each one personally.
This was a very good film about workers, solidarity and a glimpse of contemporary Europe.
Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo
Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote and Moneyball)
Based on a true story, Steve Carell plays John DuPont, who killed an Olympic wrestler in his employ in 1996. This picture reveals the tangle of excessive wealth, mental illness, sexual repression and drugs, that lead up to the murder. This director won Best Director at Cannes, 2014.
Look for Academy Award nominations for Carell and Tatum, and also best picture.