The Son (2004)

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2012 UPDATE: Ten years ago today, Le Fils (The Son) played at the Toronto International Film Festival, sending a second wave of rave reviews around the globe. A few months earlier, the film had inspired audiences at the Cannes Film Festival; it was nominated for the Palme d'Or, won the Ecumenical Jury prize, and lead actor Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor.I saw The Son at Seattle's Grand Illusion theater in 2003, and knew immediately that I had enjoyed a film that would become a personal … [Read more...]

L’Enfant (2006)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-Having released four masterpieces consecutively, a feat that few filmmakers in the history of cinema could claim to match, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have a great deal to teach moviemakers and audiences alike.Their latest, L'Enfant (The Child), is a perfect example of their strengths, not just in its craft, but in its profoundly spiritual storytelling. Here are just a few of its virtues:It's a story about conscience, … [Read more...]

L’Enfant (2005)

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[This review was originally published at Christianity Today.]-Having released four masterpieces consecutively, a feat that few filmmakers in the history of cinema could claim to match, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have a great deal to teach moviemakers and audiences alike.Their latest, L'Enfant (The Child), is a perfect example of their strengths, not just in its craft, but in its profoundly spiritual storytelling. Here are just a few of its virtues:It's a story about … [Read more...]

Lorna’s Silence (2008) – A Guest Review by Kenneth R. Morefield

Lorna's Silence was one of the films featured at the Toronto International Film Festival that made me envy those able to attend.The Dardennes are among my favorite filmmakers. How many artists can you think of who have a long list of movies without an occasional misstep along the way? The Dardennes have made a string of solid, masterful, thought-provoking films that are excellent inspirations for those who like to dig deep into post-viewing discussions.So I'm extremely pleased to be able … [Read more...]

A Brief Lesson in Looking Closer: From the Dardennes Brothers and Doug Cummings

The Dardennes brothers have made some of my favorite films of the past decade -- L'Enfant, The Son, and Rosetta -- and now they have a new three-minute short.Thanks so much to Doug Cummings for the link. And then for thinking it through with us. Folks, watch the video¬†(with the volume turned up) before you read the commentary.Teachers, you could inspire your students by showing this and challenging them with questions about it. Something as simple as this exercise could open up a whole n … [Read more...]

Doug and the Dardennes

I imagine that for Doug Cummings meeting the Dardennes was as thrilling as it would have been for me to interview Krzysztof Kieslowksi.The interview that resulted is in the new issue of Paste, which I believe is read by more and more cinephiles all the time. So hurry out and buy a copy (even if you do read the article on his site.)And when it reaches your town's theaters, go see the Dardennes' latest masterpiece (that's three, arguably four, in a row!): L'Enfant. … [Read more...]

Cannes 2005 Winners! Dardennes, Jarmusch, and Tommy Lee Jones!

The directors of Rosetta and The Son, two films I dearly love, have just won the coveted Palme D'Or at Cannes for their latest film The Child. America may not know it, the Academy is too narrow-minded to appreciate it, but the Dardennes Brothers are two of the finest filmmakers in the world. … [Read more...]


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