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The Child (L'Enfant)

Rating:R (for brief language)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:March 24, 2006
Running time:95 minutes
Cast:Jeremie Renier, Deborah Francois, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione, Jeremie Segard
Director:Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Producer:Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
Writer:Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Distributor:Sony Picture Classics

Description: A dispossessed twenty-year old Bruno lives with his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia's unemployment benefits along with the panhandling and petty thefts committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia gives birth to their child, Jimmy. She returns home after Jimmy's birth to find that Bruno has sublet their apartment to total strangers. After an initial and promising change of heart about becoming a father and changing his ways, Jimmy becomes little more to Bruno than a potential source of wealth. Desperate for money and unable to face his parental responsibilities, Bruno sells Jimmy to a black market connection, who promises to find the child an adoptive home. Realizing the error in his actions Bruno sets out to try and undo his callous deed, leading him to a powerful personal transformation.

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