L' Enfant


1h 40m 2005

Brief Synopsis

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 t

Film Details

Also Known As
Barnet, Child, The, Criança, A, El Niño, L' enfant- Una Storia D'amore, Niño, enfant, enfant- Una Storia D'amore, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Archipel 35; Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Celluloid Dreams; Celluloid Dreams; Centre National Du Cinema; Eurimages; Les Films Du Fleuve; Rtbf; Scope Pictures
Distribution Company
A-Film Distribution; Aerofilms, S.R.O.; Arthaus (Norway); Asociacia Slovenskych Filmovych Klubov (Asfk); Bazuca; Bim Distribuzione; Bitters End; Camera Film; Cathay Film Organization; CinTart; Curzon Artificial Eye; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Distribution Company; Folkets Bio; Imovision; Independenta; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Nonstop Entertainment (Nse); Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; TVA Films; Tuck; Vertigo Films (Spain); Xenix Filmdistribution

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Barnet, Child, The, Criança, A, El Niño, L' enfant- Una Storia D'amore, Niño, enfant, enfant- Una Storia D'amore, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Archipel 35; Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Celluloid Dreams; Celluloid Dreams; Centre National Du Cinema; Eurimages; Les Films Du Fleuve; Rtbf; Scope Pictures
Distribution Company
A-Film Distribution; Aerofilms, S.R.O.; Arthaus (Norway); Asociacia Slovenskych Filmovych Klubov (Asfk); Bazuca; Bim Distribuzione; Bitters End; Camera Film; Cathay Film Organization; CinTart; Curzon Artificial Eye; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Distribution Company; Folkets Bio; Imovision; Independenta; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Nonstop Entertainment (Nse); Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; TVA Films; Tuck; Vertigo Films (Spain); Xenix Filmdistribution

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring March 24, 2006

Released in United States on Video August 15, 2006

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States March 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Screening) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 22-October 9, 2005.

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Special Screening) March 10-18, 2006.

Released in United States Spring March 24, 2006

Released in United States on Video August 15, 2006

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Screening) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 22-October 9, 2005.)

Released in United States March 2006 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Special Screening) March 10-18, 2006.)

Co-winner of the 2006 award for Best Director and winner of the 2006 award for Best Foreign-Language Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).