(Almost) All the Dardenne Brothers Movies, Ranked
Inspired by having gone to see "Two Days, One Night" last weekend and seeing that no one on here has mentioned them yet.
- •Le Fils (The Son) (2002).First one I saw, easily my favorite. The intense intimacy of spending so much time with the back of Olivier Gourmet's neck will not leave me.
- •Rosetta (1999).This one worked especially well for me, too. It's about crushing poverty, as always, but the performance of Émilie Dequenne, and especially the setting--the waffle stand, the grounds around the trailer park--make this one stand out.
- •Le gamin au vélo (The Kid with a Bike) (2011).I love the warmth and awkwardness of the relationship at the center of this one. And the Dardennes' understated approach to representing violence is excellent here.
- •Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) (2014).Maybe their simplest film yet: a woman talks to each of her coworkers, hoping they'll vote to give up their €1000 bonus so that she can keep her job. It's basically, brilliantly, a catalog of emotional responses to capitalism. There was some weird, off-putting emphasis on Marion Cotillard's body, though, I thought.
- •Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's Silence) (2008).Still good, but hasn't stayed with me.
- •L'enfant (The Child) (2005).One of their most acclaimed, but to me, meh. I think maybe I'm just not that into Jérémie Renier.
- •La promesse (The Promise) (1996).The simplicity of this one put me off a little. Still admirable, but somehow it seemed overdone.
- •If your order is different, I'd be interested to hear that. I haven't seen the documentaries, either--any recommendations?