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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.
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 not relatable in any way.
there's nothing like the sense of realism when it comes to a Dardenne brothers film. deeply overwhelmed. masterpiece.
You know, if people would just watch more Dardenne films instead of posting their political opinions on Facebook, the world would be a lot better.
Or more to the point of this film, if people were more like Samantha, and less like the boy's father (who rejected the needy) or the dealer (who exploited the needy), the world would be a better place.
Screenplay | 10/10
Cinematography | 7/10
Acting | 10/10
Editing | 9/10
For the first 74 minutes or so of this this was easily the best Dardennes since Rosetta. Yes Cyril makes some dumb and self abusing decisions, but for a little kid in the scenario outlined it makes too much sense especially how brilliantly they place us in his mind. The camera positions fracturing the adult's bodies and always giving a sense of him looking. This isn't Ken Loach style stupidity opposing the natural momentum of the characters. It's the decisions he firmly makes because of course he would. Growing up and now working in fairly similar neighborhoods this might as well be documentary. Even the conclusion with the cops makes a sense with enough bitterness to have that next scene…
It's another worthy addition to the Dardenne Bros. catalogue, which seems to contain a motif of youth trapped in dramatic circumstances, but it doesn't hit the nail quite as squarely as La Promesse (1996) or Rosetta (1999). The abrupt ending of the latter film worked brilliantly, leaving a perfect fog of mystery all the while conveying a subtle air of resolution for our protagonist. In The Kid With a Bike this tactic, and by extension our character's arc, are less fulfilling. Overall, the Dardenne Bros. have once again fashioned a story to gracefully pluck the viewer's heartstrings without cheapness or exploitation.
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…
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