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The Child (2005)

L'enfant (original title)
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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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:

The Child See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,537, 26 March 2006

Gross USA:

$651,941

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,507,396
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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy is played by 40 different babies. See more »

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Bruno: Only fuckers work.
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Referenced in The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta (2013) See more »

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Life at the bottom of society
8 September 2005 | by tooncreemersSee all my reviews

Although I have not seen all other Cannes' comp. films, I think this is a worthy winner of the Palm d'or. The film's scenery is gray Seraing, like the previous Dardenne films, and I think this is the first film in which the camera-work complements the scenery and story near perfectly. Scene's often contain only one or two shots, cutting right when everything has been said. Its one of the few films where I did not notice the camera (I'm a student cameraman), which should be the goal of every cameraman, at least in this style of film. The acting is very impressive (especially Jeremie Renier as Bruno), like previous Dardenne Films. The film seems the most accessible Dardenne so far, although it does not bore in simplicity (I saw it twice in one week, avant-premiere and sneak preview, and I liked the second time best).


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