L'Enfant (The Child)

Bruno and Sonia live on the streets. She’s 18, just out of hospital with a baby, but Bruno has let out her apartment. He’s 20, a thief and a fence, a fixer who lives for the moment. He has his good side – he’s not violent, he’s generous and he has a sense of fun. But he’s a liar, has no sense of responsibility and refuses any commitment. The cash that comes his way, he immediately spends – on clothes, booze, baby stuff. Bruno and Sonia often have a good time together. Until Bruno, to make some serious money, sells the baby. And quickly learns what it means to connect – or fail to connect – with other human beings.

This is in a very different milieu, but oddly reflects and inverts the plot and trajectory of the South African film Tsotsi (see review, this issue), which is on release at the same time. *L’Enfant* is involving, heart-rending, unmanipulative and uplifting – realist cinema at its best.

mag cover This article is from the April 2006 issue of New Internationalist.
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