How accurate is this movie about social conditions in Belgium?
Maybe, being an American, I have a rosy view of Western Europe but I found the depiction of Belgium in this film very hard to believe.
Now, I've never been there- but a black market for babies? Really? In that country, in this day and age? I could believe that in China or Guatemala but in a first world nation?
Now, maybe it happens on occasion. If life teaches you anything, it is that any f---ed up s--- can happen once in a while, anywhere in the world that you are. Sure, I get that.
But a whole black market devoted to illegal adoptions? That stretches all credibility.
And the depiction of the small town Bruno and Sonia are from also doesn't convince me. It's a bit crappy, ok, but hardly seems to be a ghetto. Not a place that would be overrun with awful hoods like Bruno. Of which there must be very few, if any.
The filmmakers are criticizing social conditions and saying that Bruno was made a monster by society but, Jesus Christ, Belgium has welfare and public education and job training. He could easily have done something with his life, right? He didn't need to steal at all to survive. There is no excuse in a society that provides options.