L'Enfant (The Child) In a case of babies having babies, an emotionally stunted hustler sells his newborn for a quick euro — and pays dearly for redemption. The…
DVD Review

L'Enfant (2006)

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2006; DVD Release Date: Aug 15, 2006; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Deborah Francois and Jeremie Renier; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

In a case of babies having babies, an emotionally stunted hustler sells his newborn for a quick euro — and pays dearly for redemption. The Palme d'Or winner from Belgian writer-directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is disturbingly quiet (the silence punctuated by terse dialogue and chirping phones), yet the brothers' voice rings out. EXTRAS In a weighty interview, they describe L'Enfant's conception (while filming 2003's Le Fils, they spotted a teen violently pushing a pram) and the task of wrangling 40 infants over 12 weeks.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints