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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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Cast

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

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 September 2005 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enfant See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy is played by 40 different babies. See more »

Quotes

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

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A grueling but honest cinematic experience
11 September 2005 | by k-rolleySee all my reviews

I had the fortune to go see this at its Belgian premiere, which was attended by the main, and stunningly beautiful female actress, Déborah François. I found myself to be interested in the story from the start. The beginning of the film starts very simply, a young mother with a new-born baby searching on the street for what the audience presumes at the time, and is later verified to be the father of her child. The storyline then develops more as a sketch of the day-to-day living at the bottom of Belgian society. Though despite the fact a grim picture of the central couple's living situation is presented, the film-maker has not crossed the line and has interlaced many light-hearted moments into the movie.

The story develops as Bruno, the baby's father, is quickly shown to have no real interest in the baby or fatherhood, just in making money. He also is portrayed to have a genuine love for Sonya. In this sense the audience follows Brunos life, knowing not whether to cheer him or pray for his downfall, after he makes several questionable choices about the fate of his baby.

I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a simple film without Hollywood special effects, planned cinematography or any sort of soundtrack. I can see its appeal, but personally I came away wondering what exactly the director was trying to prove by making this film. He did succeed,however, to provide a somewhat entertaining, if slightly heavy film. The cast are excellent.


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