Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear –
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer
Resiliance /rɪˈzɪlɪəns: 1) The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity:
2) The capacity to recover from difficulties; toughness:
After her first minor victory, Sandra gets in her car with her husband, reaches for his hand and smiles. For me it was one of the most intense moments of Two days, One night – the last film by Dardenne brothers, with Marion Cotillard -: there for the first time we can see a fragment of relaxation and hope. Although just for a while, the depression of Sandra seems to loosen its grip.
Two days, One night is a small-town odyssey of a woman struggling both with herself and with the outside world. Sandra is a working-class woman who is facing redundancy at work. Her colleagues have voted and opted for a € 1000 bonus each, instead of having Sandra back to work after her absence due to her illness. She – helped by her doting husband and a friend – convinces the employer to hold a new vote.
“Fight for your job” pushes her husband. Sandra has two days to meet all of her colleagues (going home by home) trying to convince them to be in her side, refusing the money. During her weekend jaunt, she sees the best of humanity in additions to the worst. Her attempt to save her job has no smooth path: Sandra falls down many times, sometimes she gets up, others she dramatically buckles, but eventually she finds her way out.
More importantly, we see Sandra to slowly find a new strength in herself, to find her summer. Forget happy ending, forget easy solutions: Dardennes show us how Sandra’s path to knowledge and salvation is fragile and rough. They show us her resiliance – after a period of misery – something that can be traced back in some way, even when the locked door and the box of the Xanax seem to be the only possible friends.
Two days, One night is a movie to show all idiots who still believe that depression is a fad, that depression in not a sickness, that it is just a matter of sadness. Sandra is not an illusion, and when she says “I do not exist,” we can just trust her.
BTW I love Marion Cotillard from Inception to Rust and Bones to this last miracle, she is always superb (although the recent The Immigrant is crap, but not for her fault)