MONDAY MOVIE CLUB: The facts of working life laid bare on screen

Marion Cotillard as Sandra in Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's film Two Days, One Night, screened by Spalding's Monday Movie Club.
Marion Cotillard as Sandra in Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's film Two Days, One Night, screened by Spalding's Monday Movie Club.

Two Days, One Night, South Holland Centre, Spalding.

Film fans in South Holland tired of teen flicks, blow-em-up blockbusters and costume dramas can find an oasis at Spalding’s Monday Movie Club.

The twice-monthly showcase at South Holland Centre is a chance for people to see films normally reserved for university campuses, arthouse cinemas and other minority venues.

Regularly hosted by Karl Gernert, co-director of Act II Theatre Company, the club has been running for more at least seven years and one of its highlights is a regular Secret Cinema showing of a “mystery film” in the centre’s downstairs studio.

Monday’s film was thought-provoking Belgian drama Two Days, On Night, directed by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

French Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) starred as mum-of-two Sandra who has to beg her work colleagues to give up a £1.000 Euro bonus so she can keep her job, despite battling depression.

The audience were provided with an information sheet about the film which Karl called a “focus on gritty, urban decay.”

The club’s next screening is Boyhood, also at South Holland Centre, on Monday October 27 at 7.30pm.

Review by Winston Brown