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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Child (L’Enfant) (2005)

JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE, LUC DARDENNE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBBelgium/France, 2005.  , , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Cinematography by .  Produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 2005.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005.  

More magically compelling social realism from the Dardennes brothers, once again featuring their stalwart cast member as a not too impressive petty thief with a girlfriend who has just given birth. Deciding for the both of them that the baby is a burden and would be far better off with another family, Regnier sells it to an underground adoption ring and inspires horror in the child’s mother. Overwhelmed by conscience, he decides to get the baby back but the consequences are severe. The filmmakers do a terrific job of setting a very melodramatic story within an incredibly realistic context, harsh and unsentimental but at the same time very humane and sympathetic.

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