L'enfant

L'enfant

(The child)

DVD - 2006 | French
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When a small-time crook and his young girlfriend have a child, he decides to sell the baby for money. When his girlfriend finds out, she goes into shock. While she recovers in the hospital, he tries to get their son back and redeem himself.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures, [2006].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Lenfant
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Byond
Jul 14, 2017

Reflecting on this brought to mind the possibly overused word 'riveting'. Hadn't seen priors by the Dardenne's; that might account for my mystification. Where were they going with this? Received numerous best film awards. Turan went beyond 'memorable' to 'unforgettable'.

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1aa
Dec 08, 2016

This is good dramatic action driven film about an immature homeless couple in their late teens who just had a baby. The quest for cash is relentless: subletting their own flat, getting fourteen year olds to burgle for them (well, him), and ultimately, selling his own child ("I thought we could make another one."). About half of the film is about the consequences of his getting the child back, the quest for cash being reinvigorated. It ends with a modicum of redemption.

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Nursebob
May 28, 2015

From the start it is clear that the Dardenne brothers are not interested in portraying their protagonists as anything more than a pair of clueless adolescents playing the role of grown-ups without any of the insights, responsibilities or sense of perspective that comes with age. The girl's nascent mothering instincts see her fussing protectively over the baby as if he were a cherished doll while the boy's childish horseplay and inability to appreciate the consequences of his actions cause one to question exactly who the “child” of the film’s title refers to. Shot in dreary earth tones against backdrops of garbage-strewn embankments and homeless shelters, "L’enfant’s" lack of cinematic dressing and musical soundtrack gives it the gritty feel of a “Dogme 95” work right up to its emotionally charged finale where our juvenile parents take their first painful step towards adulthood. An unhappy slice of life which bypasses sensationalism in favour of blunt honesty.

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TheSandoz
May 02, 2015

Another great film by the Dardenne brothers examining life in the margins.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Bruno and Sonia are a pair of homeless teens barely eking out a living on the streets of Belgium. Between a meagre social allowance and Bruno’s various criminal activities the two have managed to get by until the birth of their son, Jimmy, throws a very large wrench in the works. Content to settle down and raise the baby the best way she can (while still relying on Bruno’s ill-gotten income) Sonia harbours white trash dreams of domestic tranquility. Bruno, on the other hand, sees in the kid a golden opportunity to make a lot of cash by selling him to an underground adoption agency because, after all, they can always have another child later on. His eventual decision will have serious and far-reaching effects that neither he nor Sonia are equipped to deal with. From the start it is clear that the Dardenne brothers are not interested in portraying their protagonists as anything more than a pair of clueless adolescents playing the role of grown-ups without any of the insights, responsibilities or sense of perspective that comes with age. Sonia’s nascent mothering instincts see her fussing protectively over Jimmy as if he were a cherished doll while Bruno’s childish horseplay and inability to appreciate the consequences of his actions cause one to question exactly who the “child” of the film’s title refers to. Shot in dreary earth tones against backdrops of garbage-strewn embankments and homeless shelters, L’enfant’s lack of cinematic dressing and musical soundtrack gives it the gritty feel of a “Dogme 95” work right up to its emotionally charged finale where our juvenile parents take their first painful step towards adulthood. An unhappy slice of life which bypasses sensationalism in favour of blunt honesty.

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7349aircond
Sep 22, 2012

A tough but extremely meaningful and searching film, genuinely moving.
The Dardenne brothers write about people as they are, there is no glamour. That divorces them in style and presentation from virtually everything that is made in the U.S., so they are an acquired taste. They write for adults, the themes are very mature.
They are not depressing, they are bracing, they clear the crap out of the way. This film, as do others they've done, goes on the track of core exploration of human values and how values often are hard for individuals to identify within themselves, ---untli they corrode meaning, and even imperil existence

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ebarham
Nov 03, 2010

A charming story abouit a petty thief , his gang and his girl friend. No subtitles but some knowledge of French allows one to enjoy this film, missing only small nuances.

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