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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…
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,…
As heartbreaking, cruel, tender, and beautiful as real life, but somehow more than just that. My first Dardenne movie so I can't speak to how it stacks up with their other work, but I was surprised to see this much tension and nervous energy in what I thought was going to be a sedate Euro arthouse movie.
March Around the World | #2 - Belgium
It’s obvious that Cyril has had a very tough upbringing, but there’s only so far that my sympathy will go, and the main issue I had with Kid with a Bike is that for 90% of its runtime the main character is an insufferable little shit who I really had no desire to root or feel concern for.
I realise one of the film’s main archs is how Cyril changes for the better but it happens fairly suddenly and without any true justification - just what seems to be a fairly forced apology for one of his horrible acts. For me it seems a bit much to ask to believe the character…
Me gustan los dramas que no le dan color, muchas veces las historias dramáticas exploran extremos de crisis, violencia, muerte y caos simplemente porque es posible. ¿Que soy aburrido y simplista?, si la vida de las personas promedio son aburridas y simplistas, ¿por qué no retratar eso?, no se hagan los rockstars.
Igual suceden eventos mucho más complejos que en un vida promedio, liviano para el promedio de los dramas que se hacen los oh me suceden cosas únicas soy un ser humano especial contemplo el suicidio.
Touching tale of a boy rediscovering love in his life.
I had always pictured Belgium as idyllic but clearly it's a dreadful place.
The Dardenne brothers definitely know how to make a film. Their directing style is very personal, and gets up close to the characters. If there was something I disliked about the two movies of theirs I've seen (the ither being Two Days, One Night) is that they would probably be better as short films, for after around 30-45 minutes they feel tired. I wonder how these movies would fair if they were made by an American director. Despite my gripes, The Kid with a Bike is a nice, beautiful little film that I'm sure will make it's place among foreign indie movies.
We, Belgians, are not especially known for being chauvinistic.
After seeing three pieces of the filmography of our national most known movie export product, the Dardenne brothers, I cannot fully understand the quasi universal praise (Cannes,...) they're receiving.
They always follow a familiar recipe: similar to the British kitchen sink dramas, they pick a social problem, and construct a tale around this social realism which is almost always emotionally gripping but sometimes make use of plot conveniences to propel the story.
And that's my main complaint here, althoug being well acted and smoothly directed.
It's so incredible how Dardennes describes women in their movies, just make me love women even more.
- 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: 186/760 (24%)
- 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.…