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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.
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,…
Top tier Dardenne.
Much like my reaction to the Dardenne brothers’ previous films, The Kid with a Bike is a film that I find easy to admire but harder to love. The film will feel familiar to anybody who knows the work of Belgium’s foremost filmmakers. An 11-year old boy, abandoned by his father and left in the care of an orphanage, searches for his feckless parent. This is a naturalistic story set in a world of the marginalised working class and failed fathers.
The film has a great kinetic energy, every scene has momentum with the boy (newcomer Thomas Doret) constantly on the move. It is as restless as an action film but always driven by the character. Doret is particularly excellent.…
the brothers D'ardennes are fabulous filmmakers and they proved that again with this movie!
Cécile de France is a beautiful woman and a fine actress!
Nice locations in Southern Belgium! (Liège).
My wife's first Dardennes film.
Social realism at its best. A kid with a bike is an emotional lucid urban tale divided in two parts: The first part is devoted to abandonment; how's an orphan in search of a home will deal with his father's desertion? The second part focuses on the implications for this young naive kid who looks for self preservation in a ruthless world; is illusory friendship worth losing your innocence for? The Dardenne's simple approach to story telling works flawlessly.
It's hard to say if I like the boy or not.
They did it again, another great movie by the Dardenne's
The Dardennes' update of L'Enfance nue. It's essentially a tragedy - the same story about the orphan who, without the guidance of a parent, becomes lost to violence and anger. It really is heartbreaking to see the kid's father turn him away and to see him time and time again resort to lashing out at those who restrain him from getting what (or who) he wants. Round of applause for the Dardennes, I'm beginning to see what the fuss is about, even if I didn't quite love this one.
Basic story about a boy, abandoned by his father, who spends time with the local hairdresser on weekends. In other hands, it could be a cloying coming-of-age story but the Dardennes shoot the story with such unflinching realism and lack of sentimentality that it reveals much through very little.
We are told little about the characters at the start of the film, yet their stories become clear. Very little happens in terms of plot, yet we find out much about these characters.
All in all, the Dardennes' naturalistic style is compelling and they have fabricated a fresh story here from what might otherwise have been familiar threads.
Incredible movie. Looking at most of the reviews, lots of people that gave it low scores just talked about how they thought the boy was annoying, which really surprised me because I thought Thomas Doret's acting was fantastic and he felt much more like a cornered animal than a brat. I really enjoyed how most of the motion/action shots begin with the camera facing the moving character and then only midway through the action taking place turns to face the subject. (Ie biking up to a house and only when directly approaching the house does the camera pan to it.) It creates this feeling of uncertainty and almost innocence that comes with being a kid.
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