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The title L'enfant is for Bruno, not for the baby


I know it should be only imagination, but I thought Dardenne brothers chose "L'enfant" as the movie title not because of the baby, but because of Bruno. The lack of maturity and preparation for life let him completely lost, many scenes shows him as a kid without consequences of his acts.

What do you think about?

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Yes, the title is probably intended for Bruno.



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really?!

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I'd agree. Bruno is all instant gratification, like a small child - he wants something, he grabs for it, with no thought for the consequences. It says a lot for the Dardennes' direction, and Jeremie Renier's performance, that he never completely forfeits our sympathy.

Interesting, though, that his breakthrough has nothing to do with the way he's treated Sonja, but his realisation of what he's done to Steve.

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Really?! That's so clever they should get the Palme D'Or for that alone...

I haven't seen such fawning over such a basic premise since American Beauty's rose metaphor. Did we all take stupid pills overnight or something?
This crap film needs a hell of a lot more input than such bland ambiguity.
(Just like to point out my malice is directed towards the makers of this Coldplay version of European cinema, and their constant crowing about this piece of 'ambiguity' which they seem so proud of, and not the original poster or respondents).

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Bruno L'enfant LOL

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You simply don't know what's good.

> Dan Brown's error: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0piyS7jaKc

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If you watch the interview on the DVD the director will talk about this. And more. You will get a lot of insight about this movie from that interview (lasts about 30 minutes - in french). And yes, the child is Bruno.

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That's a great thought; I like titles that have multiple interpretations, a certain air of ambiguity.

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I guess this was ovious after 5 minutes into the film.

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I kept saying to myself while watching: he is so childish. But I did not make the connection regarding the title until seeing the thread here. Thanks, guys. I love these boards.

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I completely agree that L'enfant refers to Bruno. He ran around acting like a 12 yr old and would randomly ask for money in the same breath as asking for an apology. His only mature/paternal side came out after he turned himself in.

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Wasn't it pretty obvious

"I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle"

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I agree. Translated into English it's the child, which is what Bruno was. His brief visit to his mother was very telling as was his needy dependence on Sonia.

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Sorry to disagree.

L'enfant is primarily Jimmy, along with his "father" Bruno, and mother. Jimmy is the child. Bruno and the mother are children, bringing a child into the world to be supported by welfare benefits (the dole) and crime. A real child and 2 emotional children yield this "modern day family". Want to guess what happens to Jimmy as an adult?

The accurate title for this movie is, Les Enfants. That's assuming my French spelling is correct! Sorry again, Bill Gates didn't provide an accent mark.

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The title refers to Bruno, not just because he is a kid but also because the film is entirely about him.
IMO his immaturity is such that he sells the baby to avoid having to take on a grown up role.

I thought it was interesting that the brothers made him an inexpressive, emotionally shallow kid rather than a brattish exuberant one. Sonia too was restrained, given how he'd behaved, and even reacted to the news of what he'd done in a quiet way.
It made the emotional scene at the end all the more powerful, both by contrast and as a release of the pent-up feeling.

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