Last night I was able to follow through on my plans to go on a date with Suite Suzy as posted a few days ago. We started off with an early dinner & Vicente’s & had a delicious meal & even better I had 3 delicious Mojitos. When Vicente’s’ 1st opened, I had to always ask that they make my drink a little sweeter & was turned off that I had to do so. My thinking was if you are Cuban, then you should know that a Mojito should be sweet, but not too sweet. Well since the last visit there, I think they finally got the hint & changed their recipe & now their Mojito is perfect.
After a great meal & conversation Suite Suzy & I headed for the Detroit Film Theater to see L’enfant (The Child) which is in French w/subtitles, but shot in Belgium. The movie is somewhat dark in my opinion, the main character Bruno (the baby’s daddy) lives on the streets, is a hustler/thief/loser & one step away from being a crack head. When the movie started off, Sonia (baby’s mama) came home from the hospital only to find that Bruno had leased out her apartment & the temporary tenants would not let her in. She then went searching for Bruno at this home which was under a highway bridge, soon after she finds him. Soon after she finds him; she shows him the baby & he acts as if it was not his.
Anyway as the movie went on, the baby was sold, Sonia kicked Bruno’s ass, Bruno almost kills a friend after they snatch a purse while driving a moped, no one ever changed the baby’s diaper, took a shower, combed their hair or changed clothes. In the back of my mind, I was turned off from a hygienic standpoint, I know it is just a movie, but they all looked like the stanked-ed – yes I said stanked-ed. I missed a few bits and pieces because sorta feel asleep (dinner & drinks took over), but I did like the movie. The ending was quite abrupt & when it went off, the entire crowd took a gasp in disbelief of the ending. The movie was very interesting & I would buy it on DVD if available as it would make for a good Sunday afternoon movie.
What I did like:
- The character development.
- The casual & simple plot
- The many pawn shop scenes
- Bruno & Sonia’s Fight scene
- Bruno Begging Sonia to take him back
- Bruno & his crack many moves
What I did not like:
- The lack of hygiene
- The abrupt ending
- Tthe pseudo violence
Advertised Movie Synopsis:
Dispossessed twenty-year old Bruno (Jérémie Renier) lives with his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia (Déborah François) in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia’s unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia gives birth to their child, Jimmy. She returns home after Jimmy’s birth to find that Bruno has sublet their apartment to total strangers. After an initial and promising change of heart about becoming a father and changing his ways, Jimmy becomes little more to Bruno than a new source of wealth. Desperate for money and unable to face his parental responsibilities, Bruno sells Jimmy to a black market connection, who promises to find the child an adoptive home. Realizing the error in his actions Bruno sets out to try and undo his callous deed, leading him to a powerful personal transformation.
Back to me:
I read many of the films reviews after we saw it & the critics were very generous with what they had to say, maybe a little to generous. It was good, but I was moved, inspire or impassioned.