Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Movie: L'Enfant

I love renting French movies. In fact they are almost all I ever rent. Someone will probably complain that I am subsidizing the film industry of a bunch of rude, chain-smoking, cheese-eating Socialist surrender monkeys, but hey, they make good movies.
The one I watched last night was particularly relevant to money. L'Enfant is about a young couple living in a bleak, industrial city. The girl has just had a baby, and her petty thief boyfriend decides to sell it, which sets off a whole chain of events around him trying to get the baby back.
The boyfriend, Bruno, is one of these characters who is somehow likeable despite being pretty despicable. Everything he does involves hustling for money-- he begs for change, he steals things and sells them, and even sublets the girlfriend's apartment while she is in the hospital giving birth. Everything has a dollar value attached to it and he is constantly on the lookout to make a buck. Or a Euro, in this case. The only thing he won't do to make money is work.
When he has money, it's immediately spent-- beer, food, a little gambling, a new leather jacket, a game of pinball and then it's gone, but Bruno never seems worried about money. He knows there will always be some little opportunity to make more.
Ultimately the movie isn't just about money, of course-- it's more about being an adult and growing up enough to take responsibility for things. I don't want to give away the rest of the movie, so see it for yourself! I definitely recommend it.


cheapstreet said...

The movie sounds really good. I will have to see it. Thanks for the recommendation.

I'd like to think it touches on being aware of your actions and being conscious of the choices you are making. The choice you make really doesn't matter, it's why you made it and that you did so with both eyes open.

Money is a great measure of consciousness because it is so enmeshed in all aspects of our lives.

fun stuff...

waffletchnlgy said...

PS: The movie is not a French movie, it's a Belgian movie, although the language is French. Check out a few more from the brothers Dardenne. I believe they won another Palm d'Or with Rosetta. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201094/)

Madame X said...

Thanks for the clarification Waffletchnlgy. That explains a few things-- I thought maybe it was just northern France near Belgium with some cultural overlap, because the credits mentioned something or other about a Walloon region, and the characters use some words that aren't typical in French French.
But the important question is, are Belgians cheese-eating surrender monkeys too?

Reel Fanatic said...

From a wrongheaded summary I read about this one, I expected it to be just utterly bleak, but of course, the young man who commits this heinous act at the beginning goes on a journey toward redemption .. I thorougly enjoyed this flick