Au Revoir, L'Enfant

The Dardennes brothers' latest film, L'Enfant, is about the inner and outer worlds of Bruno, a teenage hood who sells his newborn son. It stars JÈrÈmie Renier, the same young actor from their last film, La Promesse.

It's not love, really, because they're such a different kind of filmmaking, but I am really in awe of the Dardennes' work. It requires a different approach to filmwatching, but it's been worth it every time. From Manohla Dargis's review:

The Dardennes' background in documentary also partly explains their astonishing visual style. Working with the cinematographer Alain Marcoen, who shot all four of their last features, the brothers have developed an instantly identifiable naturalism, unsparing in its attention to detail. Their camera maintains an intimate, at times uncomfortably claustrophobic proximity to the characters, an approach that feels attentive rather than instrusive.
UMM, SPOILER ALERT IN THE HEADLINE?? 'L'Enfant' ('The Child') Shows a Thief Who Eventually Finds Redemption [nyt]
Previously: on the Dardenne brothers

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting that time.

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