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The Child (2005)
"L'enfant" (original title)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bruno
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Sonia
Jérémie Segard ...
Steve
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Jeune Bandit
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Policier en civil
Anne Gerard ...
Commerçante (as Anne Gérard)
Bernard Marbaix ...
Commerçant
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 ...
Thomas
François Olivier ...
Remy
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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,245 (Brazil) (26 May 2006)

Gross:

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

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 »

Quotes

Bruno: Did you fart?
Thomas: No.
[Bruno laughs, walks away smelling something in the air]
Thomas: Must be the school's food.
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Belgian tragedy
28 October 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

While most movies have become formatted and soulless products that get ruthlessly promoted and marketed or else are tedious and insufferable exercises in navel-gazing, only seldom does one come across a genuine work of art, a moving expression of the human mind. This film is the jewel in the crown of the Dardenne brothers and the towering achievement of their artistic endeavour. Bruno and Sonia are the main characters in this movie. They have a kid, he sells it (no spoiler, you get as much from the trailer), she... Find for yourself what happens next. The movie is fast-paced, it'll hit you like a punch in the stomach. It's very basic : love, betrayal, money, a redemption of sorts and cellphones or GSMs as they are called in Belgium. The actors are wonderful. Bruno is raw, forceful and energetic, a bit like a child, whereas Sonia's character makes for one of the best female parts I have seen as far as I can recall, a far cry from the usual dull and stereotypical fare that is dished out these days in movie theatres. The film will make you regain some hope in the power and strength of movies as works of art. Go see it.


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