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"THE CHILD maintains the near miraculous achievement of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne in creating uncompromisingly powerful, minimalist, neorealist, humanist cinema for the 21st century." Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[It's the] sparseness of visual style, compounded by two effortlessly naturalistic performances, that give the movie an inimitable air of social and cinematic honesty." Uncut "[I]t should be emphasized how coolly detailed is the social network, the finely observed web of connections, interactions, and transactions, that produces the film's dramatic reversals." Film Comment 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "L'ENFANT is a forceful, impassioned and unsparing triumph....Renier and Francois give deeply affecting performances..." Rolling Stone "The Dardennes know how to build a scene for maximum tension....The Dardennes' background in documentary also partly explains their astonishing visual style." New York Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "For all its seeming simplicity, this is an emotionally and intellectually complex film that holds the viewer in a grip as tight as any classic thriller you can name." Premiere 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film has] seedy urban locations, fluid, handheld camerawork and some intense character observation." Total Film "[D]isturbingly quiet..." -- Grade: A- Entertainment Weekly Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[The] Dardennes' most compact, powerful drama of sin and redemption yet."Premiere Ranked #4 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment37.49176

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"It's the closest thing to a crowd pleaser that these rigorous, demanding and profoundly humane artists are likely to make."New York Times "LORNA'S SILENCE is a gritty, deceptively low-key, no-fuss, no-frills movie of consistent originality and surprise in which suspense arises straight up from the heroine's evolving character."Los Angeles Times "[A] somber beauty of a French-language drama....Every time predictability threatens, the plot takes an unexpected turn..."Wall Street Journal "[A] closely observed, sociologically astute, and amazingly naturalistic drama about moral compromise as a by-product of economic need." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "Breaking with the handheld subjectivity of previous films, the Dardennes keep the camera still and distant, giving the film an undercurrent of abstraction culminating in a final sequence that feels more like a fairy tale than social realism." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Renier's performance is the best thing in the movie....The gift of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is to show their characters as trapped in personal human situations; they're not creatures of a plot."Chicago Sun-Times Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "[I]t's about personalities, as intensely observed as always with the Dardennes."Chicago Sun-Times37.49176

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"...Exceptional....The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema..."Los Angeles Times "...Powerful....[The directors] tap into the interior lives of the characters with tremendous subtlety and originality..."Chicago Sun-Times "..The film moves at a constant clip....[It] thoroughly engages the imagination..."USA Today "...The film is really about labor, and keeps up a break-neck, handheld-camera pace..."Film Comment "[A] modest masterpiece about the possibility of kindness....[A] stirring spectacle of a callow child growing -- slowly -- into a moral being."Wall Street Journal37.49176

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"...Exceptional....The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema..."Los Angeles Times "...Powerful....[The directors] tap into the interior lives of the characters with tremendous subtlety and originality..."Chicago Sun-Times "..The film moves at a constant clip....[It] thoroughly engages the imagination..."USA Today "...The film is really about labor, and keeps up a break-neck, handheld-camera pace..."Film Comment "[A] modest masterpiece about the possibility of kindness....[A] stirring spectacle of a callow child growing -- slowly -- into a moral being."Wall Street Journal37.49176

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"[Trapero is] as thoughtful and perceptive a filmmaker as ever, using tools appropriate to the goal of drawing attention to systemic social ills." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club37.49176

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