Sunday, September 5 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening
For more information on how to participate in Ciné-Club, please see the "about" section at the bottom of this page.
Would you give up your bonus to save your coworker's job? This week's Ciné-Club will have you asking yourself that very question as we take a look at a biting social drama about solidarity and one simple ethical dilemma. Join us as we commemorate Labor Day with a discussion of the Dardenne Brothers' moral quandary:
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Staying afloat is a full-time job. After a leave of absence during a mental health crisis, Sandra returns to her job to find that her employer has deemed it more profitable to elminate her position and has offered her coworkers a hefty bonus if they agree to pick up the slack. Sandra needs this job but her concerns fall on deaf ears - the only way her boss will agree to keep her on board is if she can convince her colleagues to opt out of the bonuses and vote together for her return. Her deadline is slim however, and she's left with only a single weekend to meet with 14 colleagues who need the money just as much, if not more, than she does. Can she convince them to give up their bonus so she can keep her job?
A gripping story of compromise and camaraderie, Two Days, One Night explores its straightforward ethical dilemma with realism, complexity, and heart. How do we relate to our coworkers not as competitors, but as multifaceted human beings? Is there any sympathy to be extended under the weight of capitalism? Let's talk about it!
ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:
Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphile, francophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss.
For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both!
Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since its début in March of 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and also moderates film groups for the Italian-American Heritage Society of Chicago and San Francisco's Queer Fear horror meetup group.