2014 | 95 minutes | Rated PG-13
This excellent feature by the Dardenne brothers is about the state of the European soul, which is presently possessed not by the dark forces of Islam but by the otherworldly power of the euro. The film concerns a woman, Sandra (Marion Cotillard), who works at a small factory that makes solar panels in Liège, the third-largest city in Belgium. Sandra is a mother of two, she has a loving husband who is a cook at a cafeteria, and she is about to lose her job because her conniving boss has made her coworkers a tempting offer: Each will receive 1,000 euros if they permit him to let go of Sandra. She must now beg for her job, person by person, face by face. This is a powerful film. Cotillard deserved to win the Oscar she was nominated for this year.
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