The Dardennes’ second film to win the Palme d’Or, this devastatingly powerful story of life on the edge of society is one of the most emotionally complex and deeply humane works ever committed to film.
Bruno (Jeremie Renier) is 20, Sonia (Deborah Francois) is 19. They live by using Sonia’s benefit - and the thefts committed by Bruno and his gang. Sonia has just given birth to Jimmy, their child. How can Bruno become a father, being so carefree and living as he does for the present, solely concerned about the money from his deals?
With their highly acclaimed Cannes Palme d’Or winner, the Dardennes have created a beautifully acted, exquisitely observed morality tale. It is also the powerful central performance by Jeremie Renier as Bruno that gives the film its strength.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Original title: L'enfant
DVD catalogue number: ART316DVD