The Child (2005) | The Daily Star
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classic review

The Child (2005)

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard

Runtime: 95min

PLOT: A young couple finds a new source of money through their newborn son, after having living off the woman's income.

REVIEW: From the first segments to the very last, the movie is seen from the eye of God. The central character, Bruno, has been granted free will, and the audience are left to see how he will use it. 

The cinematography of the second half of the film is different, offering a hand-held view that follows the characters, making it seem very subjective. The camera focuses so intensely on Bruno that everything else seems peripheral vision. However, it does not represent his point of view. It watches to witness what he will do next. 

The Dardenne brothers has displayed their brilliance in the film with their vision to force the audience realize that the questions that come with freewill have been left for them to try and answer. The directors have achieved their effects through intense visual focus. 

The movie is a testament to the Dardenne Brothers' brilliance; a film that makes everyone question about everything. This one-of-a-kind cinema is made for everyone to enjoy, and keep in their eternal collections.

Source: Roger Ebert

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