In the end, the Dardennes aren't concerned with why their characters do what they do (the thing that occupies the vast majority of narrative filmmakers) but rather are taken with charting the moral implications and consequences of their characters' actions. Someday a wise DVD distributor is going to package the Dardennes' fiction films as a set, and the result will rival Kafka's collected short stories in its parabolic riches. L'Enfant's protagonist thief may spend much of the film running to stand still, but the Dardenne brothers are nothing if not directed — toward greatness, that is.
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