L'Enfant' is the story of a hollow man

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June 02, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

To call Bruno, the petty thief at the center of the Dardenne brothers' remarkable L'Enfant, self-absorbed would be to give him too much credit. It would be more correct to label him as simply ... void.

He has no goals, no dreams, no purpose, no ambition. He's not evil, and he's certainly not good. He just is, stealing enough to exist, not caring about anything or anyone. Responsibility is a meaningless 14-letter word to him (or however many letters are in the French equivalent). In his hollowness, Bruno is truly terrifying.

L'Enfant (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Jeremie Renier, Deborah Francois. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Rated R. Time 96 minutes.

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