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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…
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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.
Sort of like a modern version of '400 Blows' but in Belgium. It's fairly straight-forward in its plot/ execution but that doesn't mean there isn't anything special about it. Recommended.
My first Dardennes film, and I look forward to watching more.
The Kid with a Bike has characteristics of neo-realism. It tracks a period in 11-year-old Cyril's life when he is abandoned by his father, and does so in a completely grounded believable way, as tends to be the case with the Dardennes' work. The film rests on good performances and even if at times it seems a bit too cliche and manipulative, the message comes through strong. It is a tale of growth; of overcoming confusion and understanding you must stick to those who care for you and answer for your mistakes. A simple, beautiful piece.
No melodrama, with relevant dialogues and excellent performances, this film shines when dealing with actions that result from the deepest emotions of the boy Cyril without bringing any kind of judgment for the character.
A beautiful film, simple and needs to be watched! I recommend it to everyone!
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Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne seem to have a knack for creating simple-yet-profound social awareness stories. The Son and L'Enfant are two of their previous movies I have enjoyed. I recall the profound impact L'Enfant had on me when I first watched it, prompting a second viewing. Jérémie Renier played the naive father in L'Enfant and fills a brief but comparable role here as a pathetically inadequate and rejecting father.
I found this story of paternal rejection and the traumatic impact on "the kid" to be agonizingly realistic. The cringe factor was strong for me on a number of occasions. Equally heart-wrenching was the remarkable persistence and sacrifice of Stephanie, representative of countless parental caregivers I have encountered in my vocation…
I watched this in an attempt to get my number down on the 1001 Movies you should watch before you die.
The Kid with a Bike is made by the same brothers who shot L'Enfant, and as with that film the cast is made up of largely despicable characters. Here we have a deadbeat father, who's abandoned his young impressionable son, sold his bicycle and fucked off to another town. The son is a total shithead, with a disregard for his own safety and in desperate need of a father figure that he constantly rejects. Then there's the substitute father figure, local dealer Steve, who uses kids to commit crime on his behalf. These are terrible people and it's very…
Dardenne, Dardenne, they've done it again. The brothers, darlings of the Cannes Film Festival are creating a genre all their own, and by genre lore, it comes with expectations. There's a growing confidence as a viewer in the predictable emotional beats and manipulations Luc and Jean-Pierre will put us through, a formula to the way they ensnare us with tales of fractured humanity finally giving way to hope and possibility. It might be just a flicker or a gentle glow at the end of the tunnel, but it's always wonderful to behold.
How ironic then that films which trade on verité portrayals of careless selfishness and disadvantage should be so recognisably structured. Not in a bad way of course, but…
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.
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