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Oscar-nominated ‘Two Days’ to debut locally in Nevada City

Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night.”
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night.” Sundance Selects

The excellent Belgian film “Two Days, One Night,” which contains an Oscar-nominated performance by Marion Cotillard, seems to be taking forever and a day to make it to Sacramento. But it is circling.

On Jan. 30, the film will open at Nevada City’s tiny Magic Theater. A cozy place to see a movie, it’s also one of the few independent movie houses still operating daily in the greater Sacramento region. It is therefore an appropriate spot for a film that takes on corporate callousness.

Cotillard plays a factory worker trying to convince her co-workers to give up their 1,000-euro bonuses so she can keep her job. Management has presented her character’s job as an either-or proposition to her fellow workers.

Cotillard, who already owns an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose,” deserves another for her work here as a vulnerable woman (her character has been on leave from the factory because of mental-health issues) who nonetheless summons her courage and knocks on her co-workers’ doors, stating her case to each one.

Though Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) is the favorite to win the best-actress award at the Feb. 22 Oscars, I am holding out hope Cotillard can pull off an upset.

“Two Days” is on the Tower Theatre’s “coming soon” list, but its Feb. 13 opening date at the Sacramento theater still is listed as tentative.

Call The Bee’s Carla Meyer, (916) 321-1118. Follow her on Twitter @CarlaMeyerSB.