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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.
Il solito film alla Dardenne: disagi e abbandoni, telecamera a mano (qui più controllata) ,asciuttezza e minimalismo imperante; c'è spazio anche per qualche nota di Beethoven. La vicenda si dipana senza troppo mordente, passando per interminabili corse a piedi o in bici, con tanto di simbolismi salvifici. I momenti forti e indovinati ci sono, ma il fattore psicologico, in certi passaggi, è omesso in maniera troppo comoda. La De France pare la fatina azzurrina.
Speranzoso, ma non consolatorio. Discreto.
Fifth film in my own Dardenne marathon, and for the first time I wish I wasn't watching these so close together. The 2011 Grand Prix winner plays more like a pastiche of their previous work -- a spiritual sequel to The Child that follows a blonde boy in need of a parent from The Son and the bleak single-mindedness of Rosetta. The visual style has gotten even "cleaner" since The Child, which for me isn't a plus, but their choice of locations presents a clear view of the city (a first).
I found the boy Cyril to be the most "normal" the Brothers have created (he handles abandonment about as well as anyone would) and I understood the temptation to…
Haneke sabe utilizar increíblemente los silencios y las tomas relativamente largas.
Most of the time, this movie had me leaning towards never wanting to have a kid.
Loved the rawness and simplicity of this film.
Dardenne protagonists are nothing if not sincere.
This treatment teaches how to show feelings in script by repetitive play through dialog over and over without mention of feelings the audience feels for the kid - no dialog necessary.
Amazing treatment of feeling the character through show
The story seemed cliche for the first twenty or thirty minutes. A kid is obsessed with finding his dad. He spends most of his time either deluding himself that his dad cares about him or running (and biking) away from his group home to fuel his delusion. Until...
I was glad that I hadn't seen the trailer for this film. The plot turns are superb as they gradually elevate the stakes and draw the viewer to a satisfying and revelatory conclusion.
Carece de la agresividad cotidiana en la obra de sus directores, pero no por eso se queda en menos dureza, todo lo contrario.
En cualquiera de las películas de los Dardenne, nos encontramos con momentos que hacen que la percepción de la realidad en los personajes, se reflejen en el espectador como patadas en el estomago. Cuentan vidas anónimas sin esperanza, y aquí no es una excepción, pero en este caso es más limpio, menos desgarrador, pero igual de impactante.
Genios que logran que la mugre y la miserie calen en ti como si uno mismo viviera en la calle.
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