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L'enfant (The Child) (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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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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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 (The Child) 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: 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 Smagsdommerne: Episode #3.17 (2006) See more »

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A sad film about child-parents and lost youth
25 March 2006 | by jpgoncSee all my reviews

L'Infant is extraordinary surprising. I never had seen a Belgian movie so I was very curious about this when I was in the theater.

The script is about 2 young youths that aren't yet mature already carrying the burden of taking care of their own baby. Unemployed, without any good prospect of a real future, school droppers and not having reached maturity, they went on living just for the moment. The father is just a young, dull and irresponsible teenager that lives thru schemes and small petty crimes. The mother, looking as a 12 years old girl, thrives to support the child and don't discourage the way of living of her "husband", seen by her as fair and needed to aid their life.

The film focuses also on the illegal and dark commerce of adoption and selling of children, which is by the way what the boy will do to gain a load of money...

The movie then runs to decadence, regret, awareness of childish mistakes and bad options that, without surprise, would lead to an expected nightmare... jail.

Great acting, fair dialog(Due to the content of the story) and a voyage to the sorrow for the misfortunes of these 2 child-parents.


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