The Child (L' Enfant)

The Child (L' Enfant)

The Child (L' Enfant)

Set in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town, the film opens just as 20 year old Bruno (Renier) and his 18 year old ladyfriend Sonia (François) have welcomed their first child into the world. Broke-assed and with nothing on the cooker, Bruno sneaks away with son Jimmy and sells him for a hefty chunk of money. When Sonia learns this & collapses in shock, Bruno realises his huge mistake and embarks on a quest to get Jimmy back.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
2006Rating: R13, contains violence100 minsFrance, BelgiumFrench with English subtitles
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The film clearly wishes to explore the topic of children having children, but it only inspires a great desire to smack them both...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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For all its seeming simplicity, this is an emotionally and intellectually complex film that holds the viewer in a grip as tight as any classic thriller you can name...

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A grim and irredeemably drab slice of life on the margins, this Belgian film challenges even the most optimistic spirit...

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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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 forced by poverty to live on the margins of society. These are not easy films to experience, but they are uncompromising and unforgettable...

BBC

BBC

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Bruno's actions speak louder than his words and while he brazenly talks his way out of almost any situation, it's his mannerisms (such as playing in the mud to kill time) that reveal his true nature. It's hard to empathise with such a blatantly self-centred individual but Renier's rakish charm is more than enough to carry the film. And when events finally push him towards redemption, it's as if an irresponsible but much-loved younger brother has finally managed to get back on the rails...

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film clearly wishes to explore the topic of children having children, but it only inspires a great desire to smack them both...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

For all its seeming simplicity, this is an emotionally and intellectually complex film that holds the viewer in a grip as tight as any classic thriller you can name...

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A grim and irredeemably drab slice of life on the margins, this Belgian film challenges even the most optimistic spirit...

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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 forced by poverty to live on the margins of society. These are not easy films to experience, but they are uncompromising and unforgettable...

BBC

BBC

press

Bruno's actions speak louder than his words and while he brazenly talks his way out of almost any situation, it's his mannerisms (such as playing in the mud to kill time) that reveal his true nature. It's hard to empathise with such a blatantly self-centred individual but Renier's rakish charm is more than enough to carry the film. And when events finally push him towards redemption, it's as if an irresponsible but much-loved younger brother has finally managed to get back on the rails...

4.0

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