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The Kid with a Bike
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
The kid falls.
The man rises.
The soul endures.
Was "The Insufferable Twat With A Bike" taken? I spent 90% of this movie hoping this little fucker would get hit by a car.
It is extremely hot in the Netherlands right now, so I was relieved to find out that the Belgian channel showed this, so that I could watch something in my much cooler basement, instead of behind my PC in this boiling living room. ‘The Kid with the Bike’ is perhaps the most accessible film of the influential brothers Dardenne of whom I have as of yet never seen a picture, but I still had some trouble to get into it. Notwithstanding the fact that the young Thomas Doret convinced me of his skill soon enough, his performance appeared unnatural to me during the movie’s first shots. As soon as it began to live up to its IMDb-description, however, not only…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
France, Sweden, Ireland, the UK and sometimes Italy have been notorious countries that apply an absorbing, minimalistic style to the events depicted to make them more serious in tone and more invasive psychologically. The Dardenne brothers put that trend to good use in what may be their most simplistic film, but like it has been said before: "In simplicity lies complexity".
Some parallels may be drawn between Truffaut's Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959), as we witness a boy with a strong lack of parental figures and in a world of adulthood irresponsibility wandering aimlessly through the streets, he seems to follow the same steps that any Antoine Doinel would make: feeling misunderstood and alone, escaping his home, engaging in thievery,…
A painstaking study of a young boy have a very hard time of it, The Kid with a Bike is another slice of microscopically observed small-town Belgian life from the Dardenne brothers.
Cyril (Thomas Doret) is a troubled ten year-old with unspecified emotional and behavioural problems. He has been abandoned by his feckless father into the foster care system. In the process he has also lost his beloved bike. During an escape attempt from the home, he literally bumps into kindly Samantha (Cecile de France) who, apparently kindly-disposed to him locates and returns his bike. He brazenly asks if he can stay at hers at weekends. For obscure reasons she agrees.
This sudden arrangement is both the film’s strength and…
Top tier Dardenne.
speechless. Wonderful film in all ways. I loved it.
Madre mía lo fácil que lo hacen los Dardenne.
I was excited to catch up with more Dardennes films I hadn't seen after completely loving Two Days, One Night. I still am, and The Kid with a Bike is a very good film, but my response was closer to the one I had with the other Dardennes films I've seen - I admired it a great deal, but wasn't affected as deeply as I was with Two Days, One Night. As the filmmakers' technique is just as sharp here, and the cast is as strong overall, I guess this is a testament to how some intangible combination of identification, empathy and Marion Cotillard can make the difference between a good movie and a beloved one.
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You know what this movie almost made me cry. And I never cry during films. Okay fine maybe that time during Dumbo.This movie will tug at your heartstrings because Samantha is an amazing character and Cyril is a little shit sometimes but he's really a good kid that goes through a lot. SPOILER: The dad is a major asshole. No seriously, he sucks big time.
A quiet, intimate, portrait of innocence and character. Channeling (and equivocating) the likes of Truffaut and Bresson, Thomas Doret brilliantly leads this modern masterpiece.
A simplistic tale about an abandoned kid's detective skills in locating his father. The tantrums and uneasiness he spreads around are a mess for his foster guardian's reach. Although he loves spending his time over on the weekends at her place, his desperation is always a stimulant for his legs to look for his father. The realistic bonding and character progression that goes on the screen are a treat to watch.
But The Kid With A Bike tells its viewers to take several things for granted. Some of them deserve acceptance but soon the active character on screen goes bizarre with her inexplicable decisions. If I forgive all the heavy sins of The Kid With A Bike for its great choice of actors, I'd still demand the directors to cobble a better ending for my first Dardenne.
Boring, took me 4 hours to finish it.
Only my second Dardenne film (first was Two Days, One Night) but this was pretty great too. Feels incredibly real. I've seen some people complaining that the kids transition was a bit quick, but I thought it made sense considering what he had just been through.
This is a really beautiful, sad, and simple movie. A little boy has no home and no one who loves him. His father left with no forwarding address and he fights to find him, certain that somehow it was a mistake. He is not this person. He is not the orphan in the home for unwanted children. That is not his place. He is angry and hurt. He is justified.
Then he meets his friend. She is pragmatically loving. We never truly understand why she takes him in, but she does. The moment he first clings to her, just the closest person to hold him in place from those trying to take him away, she does not seem upset or…
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