This is my personal counter-list to YouTube reviewer Chris Stuckmann's selections from his book The Film Buff's Bucket List. I…
The Kid with a Bike
This heart-warming drama tells the story of a young orphaned boy in search of his bike and his parents, while drawing cleverly on De Sica’s genre classic Bicycle Thieves. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.
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.
The final film in my Dardenne retrospective. What a fantastic, heart-wrenching journey it's been.
It's hard not to compare this with Le Fils, which is for me the superior film, simply for the deeper range of emotions it explores. But still, this is film that although fairly simply in concept, uses a clever handful of film techniques (shots, settings) along with subtle symbolism to elevate the entire piece.
Cecile de France is wonderful.
Great film. Refreshing experience after watching some American films in cinema. Great actors, specially the kid. If you like European cinema, this film will make your day better even the subject is pretty tough.
Muy optimista a pesar del drama del que trata.
Judging solely by its plot summary, you'd expect "The Kid with a Bike" to be pure schmaltz: an abandoned child is taken in by a generous woman who gives him love when no one else will. Yet the Dardennes avoid any trace of sentimentality, understanding that big cathartic moments are rare in real life, and should be so in cinema as well. The twin whirlwinds of Thomas Doret's performance and the unassuming yet dynamic cinematography make the film not only feel like disarmingly real, but also vividly alive. "The Kid With a Bike" feels so natural that its craft is almost invisible, yet it takes mighty filmmaking ability to make a film this engrossing look so easy.
Creo que es mi primer Dardenne. Muy de acuerdo con su fama de cine social limpio y sin trampas, hasta el descenso a los infiernos de la mafia adolescente, que me pareció un poco too much. Me gustaría saber más de la peluquera y sus intenciones, creo que es el personaje interesante, no el niño.
This continually hit me in ways that surprised me. Also, given the presence of Jeremy Renier as a neglectful father, I'll just assume this is a sequel to L'Enfant.
I too would thrive if Cécile De France took me in.
One of the best films by Dardenne brothers and one of the best stories in European cinema of latest time.
I watched this film having no expectations whatsoever, considering it as just another recent French film yet it actually tore me apart in the most painful way. I'm actually triggered by some reviews complaining about the kid being "an annoying fuck" as he's literally an orphan shook by his father denying his role as a parent??? The character's purpose is not to be likable nor relatable in any way.
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