L'Enfant (The Child)
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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. Eighteen-year-old Sonia (Déborah Francois) has just given birth to a baby boy. The baby's father Bruno (Jérémie Renier) is panhandling in the street when Sonia tracks him down, and he shows little interest in fathering the child, or even providing a roof over the heads of the fledgling family. As the new and inexperienced mother navigates the bleak industrial… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Absolutely terrific."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Every act in the film has a mythic resonance."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Another terrific, ultra-realistic family drama fom the talented Dardenne brothers, winner of Cannes Film Fest top prize."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"the Dardennes have managed to concoct an engaging and often suspenseful drama without ever calling upon fancy camerawork, sensational performances, or even so much as a musical score."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A film about roads and cell phones, decaying buildings and people who ought to be budding, indifference masked by buffoonery, the belief that money just floats around."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"A simple moral fable told with compassion and nerve."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ , Detroit Free Press
"A masterpiece"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Adequate, to be sure, but far from extraordinary."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"An exploration of the existence of morality -- where does it come from, especially in a world as cold as what's presented here?"
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"What is astonishing, and most admirable, is the way the filmmakers manage to create sympathy for this pathetic loser."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A gritty slice of real life, relentlessly in focus, though always humane."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Although "L'Enfant" won the coveted Palme d' Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, it is a grossly disappointing movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It doesn't need a lot of dialogue. It is able to deliver its message in almost purely cinematic terms."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Un baldazo de realidad que confirma a los hermanos Dardenne como dos sensibles observadores de personajes marginales."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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