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Jean-Pierre Dardenne proficient as an actor and his more youthful brother, Luc, studied philosophy; yet they've got devoted themselves to filmmaking because the Seventies. After incomes a name of their local Belgium for steering socially and politically wakeful documentaries, they directed their first fiction characteristic, Falsch, in 1986. they've got additionally been energetic as manufacturers and in 1975 based Derives, an organization with greater than sixty documentaries to its credits. A moment corporation, Les motion pictures du Fleuve, was once shaped in 1994. The brothers hail from Wallonia, the southern, French-speaking area of Belgium that gives the gritty, postindustrial panorama so omnipresent of their motion pictures. within the decade because their 3rd fiction characteristic, "La Promesse" (1996), turned a world good fortune, the unassuming yet hugely made up our minds Dardennes have ascended to the vanguard of a newly revived socially-conscious eu cinema. At a time whilst filmmaking in Europe, although amazing, appeared mostly unmoored from the social adjustments wrought by way of the top of the Soviet empire, 'La Promesse' provided a modest yet profound view of unlawful immigration and employee exploitation, anchored within the ethical complexities of the connection among a Belgian contractor and his teenaged son. prizes at Cannes for 'Rosetta' (1999) - which conveys the obsessive volume to which a teenaged woman calls for a role, a house, and a regular existence - consecrated the Dardenne brothers as major foreign cineastes. "Rosetta" was once via 3 equally socially lifelike motion pictures which are whilst intimate personality graphics: 'The Son' (2002), 'L'Enfant' (2005), and 'The Silence of Lorna' (2008). In each one in their 5 characteristic motion pictures given that 1996, the Dardennes' rigorous, hand held camerawork and hugely selective framing merge with bodily extreme appearing to awaken a practical culture infused with philosophical and non secular intensity - one who hearkens again to either Rossellini's "Germany yr Zero" (1948) and Bresson's 'Pickpocket' (1959). 'Committed Cinema: the flicks of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne' is the 1st e-book in English to regard the paintings of the Dardennes, and lines the simplest essays and interviews (supplemented through a chronology, a filmography, movie credit, and a bibliography) released to this point at the brothers' memorable motion pictures.

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True, the conclusion of UEnfant clearly recalls that of Pickpocket (1959) where a young man kisses his girl through the bars of a prison cell. But in Bresson, the focus is on the man's redemption, a very Catholic sense of grace permeating the endings of his films. But the Dardennes simply show a couple crying and making up before brutally cutting away. There's no indication that they can or will change, but it's a more human resolution, the accent being on their mutual affection for each other, not any abstract concept of justice.

Her child gone, exchanged for cash by his father. But she doesn't speak, doesn't fill our horrified silence with comforting explosions of anger, or violent punches against Bruno. She collapses, her body—previously so powerfully in motion, marching through the streets, pushing the pram, banging on house doors, defiant— becomes limp, it fades to the ground under the sheer weight of emotion: her child has been sold, no words can express the disaster in her. L'Enfant shows how the genuine depths of human emotion can be expressed through moving images.

Which is as good a thumbnail definition of true religion or spirituality that I know: a shift in focus, in concern* from self to other, from man to God and thus to other men, outstanding among them the wretched of the earth. Why, suddenly, is Igor willing and able to make this shift and thereby keep his promise to Hamidou? There are several reasons: first, the shock of the African's violent death followed by Roger's shockingly businesslike attitude toward covering it up; second, Igor's youth and relative inexperience, which, in this coming-of-age story, render the teenager susceptible to the outside influence of someone like Assita; and third, Assita herself, who touches this man-child through her startling sense of self-worth in a money-grubbing world that denies the value of people like her, that puts the overwhelming emphasis bn things-for-themselves rather than on fellow-feeling.

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