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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,…
Top tier Dardenne.
The Dardennes' update of L'Enfance nue. It's essentially a tragedy - the same story about the orphan who, without the guidance of a parent, becomes lost to violence and anger. It really is heartbreaking to see the kid's father turn him away and to see him time and time again resort to lashing out at those who restrain him from getting what (or who) he wants. Round of applause for the Dardennes, I'm beginning to see what the fuss is about, even if I didn't quite love this one.
Although interesting at first, this drama is a frustrating effort that doesn't seem to have much to say, while the characters are not well constructed or developed, the conflicts seem artificial and, more annoying than anything else, the young protagonist is way too unlikable.
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I’ve seen almost all of the Dardenne Brothers’ movies at this point (just need to see Lorna’s Silence and their latest), and while none of them have ever blown me away and felt like firm masterpieces almost every one of them have been solid slices of humanism that’s hard not to respect. I guess you can say that their filmography is something bigger than the sum of its parts. This film from a few years ago is kind of interesting in that it an almost be seen as a spiritual sequel to their 2005 palm d’or winner L’Enfant, which was about a couple of teenage parents who are wildly unprepared for their newborn baby. This film does not share continuity…
So-so film. Like a less superior companion to "400 Blows". Hindi ko nga lang alam kung maiinis ako o maaawa sa bata, sobrang pasaway.
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm, and in a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.
Very realistically staged bleak drama, both insightful and touching, with an excellent cast.
Hago trampa porque esta es de verdad la historia de un niño que tiene una bicicleta. Pero aquí se tocan temas de coming of age que son innegables en términos de adolescencia.
Es un relato simple pero muy crudo respecto a lo que es el abandono de un hijo y como éste debe encontrar, a final de cuentas, la manera de seguir adelante.
Me es un poco contradictoria con "La tete haute" en cuanto a que me presenta de manera muy simple como un padre puede optar por abandonar a un hijo absoluta y totalmente. Pero por el otro lado se trata de una historia de amor incondicional y madurar.
Pienso mucho y no creo que haya más que pueda…
Fantastic acting all around. A story you can't look away from that could really happen anywhere. A child having to deal with a father that left him, which has hindered his psyche immensely. I am not sure if Cyril has slight mental disorders, but if that's the case then bravo, cause they nailed it to a tee.
I had never watched a film by the Dardenne brothers before (though I have had a couple for quite a while now), and what finally made me decide to check them out was The Criterion Collection releasing this film of theirs, and my city library having it. It was magical before me, and I can't wait to check out the other two (I believe they're 'The Son' and 'l'enfant'). I believe it's in homage to the great Vittorio De Sica film, 'The Bicycle Thief', and as someone who was put up for adoption, and who has been able to meet my birth mother's side of the family (unfortunately she had already been killed in a car accident) but not my…
someone give this child a chain and a padlock
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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