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The Dardenne Brothers Retrospective: The Child (L’Enfant)

29 Apr 2015

With their second Palme d’Or winner, the Dardenne brothers offer another hugely affecting and beautifully observed exploration of life on the margins in unglamorous Liège. Jérémie Renier excels as Bruno, a 20-year-old happily living a hand-to-mouth existence funded by stolen goods and benefits paid out to his 18-year-old girlfriend Sonia (Déborah François), who has just given birth to their child.

Though almost as reckless as Bruno, she's unprepared for his cavalier attitude towards parenthood and is aghast when he arranges, unbeknown to her, for the baby to be illegally adopted in return for easy money. Avoiding sentiment but extending sincere compassion to its characters, the visually assured The Child is a wonderfully evocative account of life on the streets that registers as another Dardennes masterpiece.

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This film will be shown in 35mm.

The Child, dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgium / France 2005, 95 mins., French with English subtitles.

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