Directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne • 2005 • Belgium, France
Starring Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, L’ENFANT stars Jérémie Renier as twenty-year-old Bruno, who lives with his girlfriend Sonia (Déborah François) in a Belgian steel town, where they live off Sonia’s unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft of Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia gives birth to their child, Jimmy. After a promising change of heart about becoming a father and amending his ways, Bruno backslides. Desperate for money and unable to face his responsibilities, he 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 to undo his callous deed, leading him toward a powerful personal transformation.