The Dardenne brothers — Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne — are undoubtedly Belgium’s most significant export in the field of arts and culture. The filmmaking duo began their careers making documentary films in the late 1970s. They were born in Seraing (near Liège) in a French-speaking region of Belgium and began to gain international recognition in the mid-1990s with the release of their film The promise.
The Dardenne brothers will then come out Rosette, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and further boosted their notoriety. Every film they have released has been acclaimed and their style has had a significant impact on cinema. Here are their best movies, ranked.
seven I think of you
I think of you (Where I think of you) was released in 1992 and is set in a Belgian town on the Meuse which has been hit hard by the country’s economic struggles, and factories are rapidly closing. The film focuses on Fabrice (Robin Renucci), who feels disconnected from life after losing his job, and his wife Celine, who fights to keep him from going in circles. The film sets the tone for many to follow in their filmography, focusing on individuals struggling against society and economic burden, while struggling to maintain their dignity.
6 The Child (The Child)
The Child (Where the child) was released in 2015 and focuses on Bruno (Jérémie Renier) and Sonia (Déborah François) who survive with little means when they suddenly have a baby boy. Bruno is not attached to the child like Sonia and is motivated by intrigues for money. He sells the child for money and quickly realizes he has done wrong. The film is masterful at capturing the anxiety of the situation through clever filming techniques. According The Guardian, The Child earned the Dardenne brothers a second Palme d’Or at Cannes 2005.
5 Bicycle kid
The kid on a bike (Where The child on the bike) tells the story of Cyril (Thomas Doret), abandoned by his father. He is then brought up by a state establishment, and we see how his situation has brought him to the point of being on the verge of rebellion. He escapes the facility and sets out to find his father, however, this reunion is not what he hoped for and he is picked up by a local barber who tries to steer him in the right direction. Thomas Doret’s performance is incredible and makes the film a real standout.
4 The Silence of Lorna (The Silence of Lorna)
Lorna’s Silence (Where Lorna’s Silence) was released in 2008 and deals with the theme of immigration in Belgium. The film follows Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) and Sokol (Alban Ukaj), two Albanian immigrants living in Belgium who want to run their own snack cart, however, they need citizenship and attempt to engage in a fictional marriage for l ‘obtain. The Dardenne brothers depict this subject with tenderness, depicting how far people will go to improve their lot, illuminating a topical social issue.
Rosette was released in 1999 and represents a pivotal moment in the career of the Dardenne brothers. The film follows Rosetta, a young girl who lives in a trailer park and is determined to improve her life. The film is gorgeous and uses non-professional actors, with the entire film being shot on location. It received widespread critical acclaim and took the brothers’ careers to a higher level than ever when it was released.
2 The Promise (The Promise)
The promise (Where The promise) was released in 1996. As Rosette, this film also represented a huge change in the career of the Dardenne brothers. The story focuses on Igor and his father Roger, who rent apartments to illegal immigrants. They allow shady activity to take place on the property, and when an inspector arrives, they make a deal with him to cover up their activities. The film arrived at the beginning of their international career and illustrates all the techniques they master in their production.
1 Two Days, One Night (Two Days, One Night)
Two days, one night (Where Two days, one night) was released in 2014 and was a huge international hit. The film stars Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a working-class woman who has struggled with depression and her job now hangs in the balance. When she learns that she is about to be made redundant, she has to campaign with his co-workers to keep her, but it would cost them their bonuses. It was a moving performance that resulted in an Oscar nomination for Cotillard, and it’s a staple of Dardenne’s film catalog. Talk to AtlanticCotillard said, “Our society, which is a sick society, created this history.”