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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.
The Kid with a Bike follows a particularly emotional and difficult period of childhood for eleven year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). Following his father's abandonment, Cyril compulsively searches for the symbol that represents their relationship -- his bicycle. At the hands of fate he becomes the custodial responsibility of Samantha (Cécile De France) who is determined to tame his unpredictable and seemingly dangerous behaviour.
Cyril's absolutely catastrophic attempt at seeking a father figure makes The Kid with a Bike a rather difficult film to watch. The emotional power surging through the film comes courtesy of Thomas Doret whose action is unstoppable. Everything the young actor does on screen is exacting and performed with such intent. Even an action as simple as…
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…
Possibly my new favorite Dardenne, time will tell.
The Kid With A Bike
The Kid With A Bike was produced through companies in Belgium, France and Italy. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne directed this wonderful milestone, they are also the writers of the film. While watching this movie, several previous grand films touched my mind, such as Bicycle Thieves etc. Cécile de France (Clint Eastwood's Herefter) plays a kind woman, who takes a 12 year old boy (he is looking for his father) from foster care, every weekend.
There is no doubt that concepts like the plot of this movie, often come around, and they just light up our enthusiasm for movies. Much of emphasis is put on the way the kid is handled, both socially and domestically;…
I liked it a lot. The first half was a bit free-flowing and I was unsure it was going to be able to capture my attention, but once he finally finds his dad (which isn't a spoiler, it's fairly early on), I was in, and everything that happened afterwards hooked me even further.
Still, I'm not sure what the film was trying to say. And maybe it doesn't need to be saying anything, but with all the hype I've heard around the Dardenne brothers and their films, I expected something a little bit deeper than maybe what I got.
But it was really entertaining. The titular kid (Cyril) is wonderful and the direction is strong. I'm excited to check out some of the Dardenne brothers' filmography as I continue delving deeper into foreign films in 2015.
Excellent film; insufferable child.
Film #2 for Movie Club
Directors Project: Dardenne Brothers
A really beautiful and well acted little film. The Dardenne brothers excel at creating fully realized characters and placing them into intense emotional situations and then filming them simply with long takes in medium and wide shots.
The result is a showcase for performance that feels very honest and real, like something closer to a direct cinema documentary than a conventional narrative film. Particularly powerful is the scene at the restaurant where the titular kid finally tracks down his father who then proceeds to unleash some serious emotional violence on his 11 year old son. Powerful stuff, honest and real. I dug this film.
Just scheduled my vasectomy appointment.
Proof that simple doesn't necessarily mean simplistic.
I'm ashamed to say that this is my first Dardenne brothers film but, having now watched The Kid with a Bike, I'm eager to explore their other works. With a simple story shot in a realist style, wonderfully developed characters and excellent acting, the brothers create an emotionally involving film that never strays into sentimentality. The first third I found to be incredibly powerful and moving, as Cyril tries to and finally succeeds in tracking down his dad. The burgeoning relationship between Cyril and Samantha is also very touching and, for all his faults, Cyril never struck me as anything other than a good kid who is dealing with inevitable issues caused by parental neglect. One of the most beautiful, involving and human films I've seen in a long while - this has to be watched.
I had a bike growing up, I don't see a movie made about me! There should be, because it'd be better than this movie! Ah, maybe not, unless Werner Herzog directed it. He could probably do something neat.
The movie is fairly simple, with a lot of long, one shot scenes, and only a handful of actors. Everyone is good in their role, perhaps too good, as I had no sympathy for that kid and instead wanted to give him a couple of Stone Cold Stunners to smarten him up to the world.
If you like movies with bikes in them, or movies with videogames, or movies that are pretty good, then hop on your favorite bicycle and peddle your way to this movie!
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…