Like most techies, at Hppy we love our TV series and funny/sarcastic comedies. But when a moving drama comes to the screens, in this case to the Cannes Festival, we pause and get a valuable life lesson. (Spoiler alert)

Directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne bring an amazing social drama to the screens in this year’s Cannes festival. Two Days, One Night depicts a real-life situation, of a struggling mother who’s about to lose her employment due to a downsize initiative and her less than reliable coworkers.

Her job is due to be eliminated because 14 out of her 16 colleagues preferred to sacrifice her means of survival to keep their €1,000 annual bonuses. I’m not going to ruin the movie for you, but I will tell you that Marion’s character, Sandra, is not going down without a fight.

When you think about work relationships and human dynamics, you don’t really think they could hold such an important place in your work life. I know I didn’t. Before this movie, anyway. I knew that work relationships are one of the top 5 engagement drivers, but I never encountered a real-life situation that could depict the actual importance of it.

I’ll leave you to watch the movie and think about the people you work with. Are they the reason you go to work, the reason you love your company or the reason you lost your job and had to learn a cruel life-lesson?

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