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Birth of The Son

The Dardenne brothers in Toronto, 2011 (photo by Scott Macaulay)

Over the past two decades, the Dardenne brothers have cemented their status as socially conscious, ethically committed filmmakers; their attention to the underrepresented, working-class corners of Belgian society has opened their audience’s eyes to the complexity of these often-unseen lives. To read their diaries, which were published in two volumes in France in 2005 and 2015 and are now coming out in English this June and next June, is to understand how deeply their films are rooted in their reading and their determination to shape the chaos of real life into the moral arc of redemption. It is telling that […]

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