L'Enfant
L'Enfant (2006)

After learning he has a newborn son, a small-time thief attempts to go straight - but not until his amorality is pushed to its breaking point - in this social-problem drama from writer-directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Dardennes continue to excel at presenting works of rigorous naturalism, with detached observations of authentic characters that nevertheless resonate with complex moral issues.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Absolutely terrific.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Every act in the film has a mythic resonance.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Another terrific, ultra-realistic family drama fom the talented Dardenne brothers, winner of Cannes Film Fest top prize.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A simple moral fable told with compassion and nerve.

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Detroit Free Press

No one is likely to leave L'Enfant unaffected by the Dardennes incisive exploration of the consequences of a world where some of its citizens have found a way to rationalize, and even ignore, what was if not unimaginable, at least unforgivable.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A masterpiece

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

What is astonishing, and most admirable, is the way the filmmakers manage to create sympathy for this pathetic loser.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

A gritty slice of real life, relentlessly in focus, though always humane.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Although "L'Enfant" won the coveted Palme d' Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, it is a grossly disappointing movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Sigur
I just didn't feel enough for the main character to be that invested in his plight, especially considering he brought all of his drama on himself through… More
Leigh Ryan
Nice little film.
Luke Baldock
Wonderfully subdued tale of a father's (eventual) love. In many ways a latter day Oliver Twist, focusing more on the pickpocketing aspect. It shows how far… More
Neum Daddy
I have lots to say, but no time to say it. Except for this: Toodles. I'll be out there for 6 weeks, doing some sidebar getaways into SE Asia and… More
Curtis Lilly
Touching, but it really makes no sense that a guy so crappy as to sell his baby would be such a good person in the end. I guess it says something about… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"L'Enfant" begins with Sonia(Deborah Francois), the mother of a newborn boy, Jimmy, looking for Bruno(Jeremie Renier), the… More