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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.
Film # 20 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 14" Challenge
Task # 18: Any winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival
I was interested to see this film and the movie got me from the beginning. The leading character is the young Cyril. He is abandoned by his father, but still thinks he is his hero. He doesn’t believe all the things that are said about him, when they are actually true.
Although Cyril does some terrible things, you do feel for him. He is a troubled boy, because of everything that happened to him. Cyril has lived a life full of rejections, where he is looking for love. He eventually finds it in Samantha…
Not sure what to say. Love conquers all? The boy needs wheels? Better to be without a father than with a lousy one? Redemption is a bitch? Crime does not pay? In the end one is left wondering whether the concussion will end up in a sudden death or something.
Initial thoughts lead me to, maybe too easily, pair this with Truffaut's The 400 Blows. Perhaps more optimistic — get a real sense of the triumph of human compassion and (foster)parenting, but still mostly soul-crushing.
The kind of movie that sneaks up on you with its dramatic momentum and power. 400 Blows meets the Bicycle Thief.
this is a minimally produced film with a tremendous amount of humanly emotions. it's yet far from leaving the strong impression compared to other Dradennes' features.
Ugh... *puts hand on heart*
Rough story elements make for a bumpy ride. But I've learned one thing: DO NOT steal Pitbull's bike. Ever.
Another seemingly artless European realist film. But the question is why one film made in this way can be turgidly empty of purpose while another can be extraordinarily rich and decisive? Le gamin au velo is one of the latter. Stylistically it seems casual: no artistic angles or shadows, the camera just follows the action. Yet it always has purpose. The boy might just be riding his bike, but the image sets up a relationship between him and his surroundings: a sense of movement against the static, his searching and looking, a sense of freedom lacking within his life, etc., etc. The images might seem random, flat of meaning, but they speak with purpose. The film’s narrative seems casual –…
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