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April 25, 2006

L’ENFANT (THE CHILD) — CANNES 2005

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comBelgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne create a loathsome and irredeemable protagonist in Bruno (Jeremie Renier) a petty thief who sells off his newborn son on the black market when his 18-year-old girlfriend Sonia (Deborah Francios) isn’t looking.

Conceived as an anti-capitalist allegory, "L’Enfant" is a dark polemic that misfires due to the filmmakers’ feeble attempt at earning redemption for Bruno in the eyes of his abused girlfriend.

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Although "L’Enfant" won the coveted Palme d’ Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, it is a grossly disappointing movie.

Rated R, 100 mins.

2 Stars

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