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L'enfant (2005)

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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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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 ...
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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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14 September 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

L'enfant  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,800, 24 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$651,234, 30 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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Referenced in The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta (2013) See more »

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Crude, realistic and powerful
17 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

firstly you have to know that i am sixteen years old and i am from Argentina so, forgive me for my poor English.

i am a lover of Cannes cinema,and this movie showed me that i am not wrong. It is so real and crude that you suffer with the characters. Seeing Bruno walking in the lonely streets is when i take notice of what kind of movie i was watching. Not a very good movie otherwise a masterpiece that combines love, reality, suspense,and forgiveness.

You will believe that Bruno is a real person,who was followed by a camera in his "adventures" Watch L'infant if you want to see a class of how to turn a simple story into a crude and impacting film. A film where mistakes, love, forgiveness anb redemption are together to demonstrate what great directors and gifted actors can create.


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