L'Enfant (film)

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L'Enfant film.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Denis Freyd
Written by Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Starring Jérémie Renier
Déborah François
Cinematography Alain Marcoen
Edited by Marie-Hélène Dozo
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • 17 May 2005 (2005-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 14 September 2005 (2005-09-14) (Belgium)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Belgium
Language French
Budget €3.6 million[1]
Box office $5.5 million[2]

L'Enfant (English: The Child) is a 2005 Belgian film directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The film was released under its French title in the US, and as The Child in the UK.


Bruno, 20, and Sonia, 18, are surviving on her welfare checks and Bruno's petty crimes when Sonia becomes pregnant. Bruno sells their baby to a black market adoption ring to make some quick cash. Faced with Sonia's shock, he regrets his mistake and buys the child back at a premium—but, after being turned away by Sonia, his mounting debts lead Bruno down a quick path to desperation.


Awards and recognition[edit]

L'Enfant won the "Palme d'Or" award in 2005 Cannes Film Festival,[3] making directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne twice winners of the Palme d'Or, having won the award previously in 1999 with Rosetta. The film received the André Cavens Award for Best Film by the Belgian Film Critics Association (UCC). It was also nominated for Best Film and Best Actor (for Jérémie Renier) at the European Film Awards.

The film was chosen as Belgium's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards, but it failed to secure a nomination.

  • César Awards (France)
    • Nominated: Best Director (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
    • Nominated: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Writing – Original (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
    • Nominated: Most Promising Actress (Déborah François)
  • Joseph Plateau Awards (Belgium)
    • Won: Best Actor (Jérémie Renier)
    • Won: Best Actress (Déborah François)
    • Won: Best Director (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
    • Won: Best Film
    • Won: Best Screenplay (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
  • Toronto Film Critics (Canada)
    • Won: Best Director (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
    • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=812
  2. ^ "The Child". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: L'Enfant". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 

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