L'Enfant is a 2005 film directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. The title translates as The Child but the film was released under its French title in the English-speaking world.
Bruno, 20, and Sonia, 18, are surviving on her welfare checks and Bruno's petty crimes when Sonia becomes pregnant. Bruno sells their baby to a black market adoption ring to make some quick cash. Faced with Sonia's shock, he regrets his mistake and buys the child back at a premium -- but, after being turned away by Sonia, his mounting debts and desperation lead Bruno down a quick path to prison.
Awards and recognition
won the "Palme d'Or
" award in 2005 Cannes Film Festival
. It was also nominated for Best Film and Best Actor (for Jérémie Renier) at the European Film Awards
The film was chosen as Belgium's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards, but it failed to secure a nomination.