After a week of leave, Sylvie is back at the Quebec company where she has been an exemplary employee for more than 15 years. She is then requested to attend a bizarre meeting
With a simple and isolated storyline taking us through Sylvie’s first day back from a work leave, Deux Dollars (Two Dollars) embarks us on Sylvie’s bizarre journey as she discovers the reasons of her co-worker’s strange attitude. Directed by Emmanuel Tenenbaum, the audience is easily eased into the film by creating an oblivious vision that parallels’ the main characters, and as shocking and frustrating as the reveal can be, it’s getting the audience to think at how they would handle the situation – and the answer is not so simple.
Guillaume Fournier (the scriptwriter) and I had met in 2014 and had released Sans Plomb (Vimeo Staff Picks 2017) which was a tragicomedy based on a real life event that happened in an office. As a former corporate employee, I was excited to tell more of those stories, because I think that the office place is the perfect boring place for most of us, but when something happens it gets really exciting, and everyone can relate to it. We knew about the story depicted in Two Dollars for some time, and we couldn’t let it, we loved it. When we met in 2016 for the Kinomada event in Quebec City, we decided to make this film. Having being shot in less than a day with no money and no preparation, it suffered from some technical flaws. Luckily, Bien ou Bien Productions from France (Zangro, best shortfilm Sundance & Toronto 2015) stepped in and helped us do a proper postproduction. We premiered the film at festival Regard in 2019 and it was a blast: we made it into 85 festivals (Palm Springs, Shorts Shorts…), won 8 awards, and went on many TV channels worldwide.