L'Enfant

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005

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Director:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
L'Enfant is a dramatic film directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne that centers on twenty-year-old Bruno (JŽrŽmie Renier) and his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia (DŽborah Fran'ois) as they trudge through life in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town, surviving on unemployment and any of the fruits of their petty thefts. When Sonia finds herself pregnant, Bruno promises her that life would be different but when she brings home their child, Jimmy, he can only see his son as a means of money. The na•ve Sonia leaves Jimmy in his father's care for the day to only return to find that Bruno sold their son through his connections on the black market, thinking that his girlfriend would be pleased with his new initiative and their freshly acquired lack of responsibilities. As Sonia breaks down and leaves him, Bruno is shocked into realizing how much she wanted to have a family and takes the steps to redeem himself before it is too late. The question, can he? L'Enfant has been nominated for a multitude of awards as well as having won the Cannes Film Festival's Golden Palm.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Belgian directing brothers deal with themes they have made their own: the difficulty of being moral in an amoral world and the grinding, unforgiving nature of reality for those...

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The Dardennes know how to build a scene for maximum tension: you yearn to find out who bought Jimmy, and whether his fate lies with a childless couple or an organ mill. But because...

  • 80

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Those masters of small-scale realism, Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, have created yet another beautifully acted, exquisitely observed morality tale in The Child.

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Drama

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Love & Romance