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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.
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…
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 reportedly contains 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,…
Possibly my new favorite Dardenne, time will tell.
With an affecting look at a young boy's struggle to move on from his toxic male father-figures, the Dardennes capture a slice of a life that is both fascinating and moving (with several nods to the iconic Bicycle Thieves thrown in for good measure).
My second Dardenne Brothers picture. I seem to be working my way backwards through their filmography. I get their style, though - quiet neorealism with a big heart. And I like it.
I didn't find this as affecting as the Dardenne's latest, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, but having worked in child care it was easy to empathize with our poor little lost Kid. I think only a sociopath couldn't. This one's like Antoine Doinel meets Lupe Fiasco's "Kick Push". Little son of a bitch really should have bought a bike lock.
I've somehow managed to avoid registering the name "Dardenne" to my mental catalogue of directors in the last 25 years, and I've done an even better job of avoiding watching any of the Dardenne brothers' films. Two Days, One Night was a film I'd been interested in seeing when it was being championed as an Oscar season underdog (mostly for Marion Cotillard's performance), but the closest I got to watching it was letting the opening studio/financier credits roll before deciding to do something else instead.
Likewise, The Kid with a Bike has been sitting in my Netflix queue for maybe two or three years now. I knew nothing about it except for that Netflix recommended it to me with a…
Film #23 of the 30 countries 30 films challenge
list: Subtitle month 2015
A third installment of "Brandon Hates His Father Even More Because of a Movie."
This is my fourth Dardenne-film I think, and this brotherly directing-duo defiantly knows how to make genuinely good films, using their very own unique style of filmmaking. Their signature style leans towards a special kind of subgenre that I really enjoy, and if I had to describe it, I would call it a humanistic and super-realistic take on the modern world and society’s many problems. All their films seem very distinctive and following a certain simplistic style that perhaps would bore the crap out of you in the hands of other directors. Somehow The Dardennes just lift so much life out of the most simple and grounded scenes, and somehow the result always feels fresh.
And this film was certainly…
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…
I very much enjoy films that are understated slices of real life yet whilst it was brilliantly acted and shot with beautiful simplicity I just felt it lacked a little oomph and resolved a little too cleanly.
A couple of years ago when I watched my first Dardenne brothers film, L'enfant, I was expecting something completely different from what I got. A quote on the back of the DVD told me that the film was something of a "modern day fairy tale", so I was imagining an experience along the lines of Slumdog Millionaire...boy, was I wrong haha. I was definitely a bit puzzled after watching the film, so I read up on the Dardennes and then began to understand why they were critically praised and what their goal as filmmakers was. With this knowledge, I can now fully appreciate their films and I ended up really loving Two…
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