L'enfant (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  14 September 2005 (Belgium)
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Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jérémie Segard ...
Jeune Bandit
Policier en civil
Anne Gerard ...
Commerçante (as Anne Gérard)
Bernard Marbaix ...
Jean-Claude Boniverd ...
Le Policier en civil
Frédéric Bodson ...
Bandit plus âgé
Marie-Rose Roland ...
Une infirmière
Leon Michaux ...
Policier Commissariat (as Léon Michaux)
Delphine Tomson ...
La fille aux cheveux rouges
Stéphane Marsin ...
Jeune Homme
Samuel De Ryck ...
François Olivier ...


Young, unmarried couple Sonia and Bruno have just had a son, who Sonia names Jimmy. Bruno, who did not visit her while she was in the hospital, scoffs at the notion of what he considers traditional employment, instead eking out a living primarily on petty crimes committed with his fourteen year old associate, Steve. He even sublets Sonia's small apartment while she is in the hospital, he sleeping either in the homeless shelter or squatting in what he calls his "shack" down by the river. On the day after Sonia gets out of the hospital, she allows Bruno to take Jimmy for a walk while she stands in line for her benefits. On that walk, Bruno makes the unilateral decision to sell Jimmy to a black market adoption agency. Upon finding out what Bruno has done, Sonia has a breakdown and falls unconscious. Fearing that Sonia will turn him over to the police when she regains consciousness, Bruno tries to get Jimmy back while he leaves Sonia in the hospital in her unconscious state. But Bruno ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

L'enfant  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$44,537 (USA) (24 March 2006)


$651,234 (USA) (28 July 2006)

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1.66 : 1
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There is no score in this film, not even during the credits. The only music heard is a recording of The Blue Danube playing on a car stereo. See more »


Bruno: Only fuckers work.
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Referenced in Smagsdommerne: Episode #3.17 (2006) See more »

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Touching Indifference
18 September 2005 | by (Wortegem-Petegem, Belgium) – See all my reviews

L'Infant (The child), the new Dardenne movie, awarded with two Palms D' Or, is located in Seraing, the probably most marginal city of Belgium. A superb Jérémie Renier plays Bruno, an unemployed father, living from day to day to survive. He robs people and does not seem to have any remorse about what he 's doing. He even goes as far that he sells Jimmy, the baby (l'enfant). The reaction of the mother, a great Déborah François, makes him think and he tries to make it up to her. So far the story, this is a typical Dardenne movie. Same style, same sort of filming, not even music. Just hard reality, that's what they wanted to show the audience. What we get is a raw, sober movie. I did not miss the music at all, but it still misses something. The film does not absorb your full attention, like lots of people say. 'Lilja 4-ever', a Lukas Moodysson socio-drama, is way more touching than these characters in L'Infant. Not the greatest Belgian movie ever, but an enjoyable one. 8,5/10

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