A dispossessed young couple living in a bleak industrial Belgian town live off unemployment benefits, panhandling and petty theft. Their lives change forever when they have a baby. The father learns how one avaricious decision can affect the lives of everyone in his orbit.
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Such a a simple plot, but such a strong development of characters, this development can be possible due to the great performance of the actors, (especially Jérémie Renier). The film begins and ends with an opposite idea: at the beginning Dardenne brothers show to the viewers two kids taking care of another kid, at the end Dardenne brothers show to us two adults taking responsibility in their lifes. Morality.
Oh Dardenne brothers. It's been too long. Far too long. Such a magnificent film. Not my favorite by them (that title belong to The Son) but still an amazing movie. The realism this film depicts and the transformation of it's lead character is astounding. As always with the Dardennes, the visuals are breathtaking. Their style is so amazing, and I'm excited that I haven't finished their filmography yet!
Nearly unbearable tension from a film that seemingly goes out of its way to highlight "naturalism." A "child in peril" film that neither feels exploitive or softened in any way. The Dardennes don't need gimmicks to pull your heart strings or keep you riveted.