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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 reportedly contains 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.
I swear that kid is going to get run over by a car someday
An astonishingly powerful, yet simple drama about a young boy dealing with the rejection of his father, who leaves him to live in a home. Much like the Dardenne brothers 2014 film Two Days, One Night, this has a very realistic tone and feel, drawing you in to the characters quite easily. Top performances all round, just a great, great film.
It was a rewarding experience watching this. The boy in the movie is acting like a child would have in those same situations making him realistic as people are not always likable.
Due to my enjoyment of Two Days, One Night, I decided to watch the Dardenne Brothers other movie on Netflix, which was The Kid With a Bike, and after consideration, I liked it a lot more than Two Days, One Night.
The movie centers around a kid who is abandoned by his father and is taken in by a young woman. They grow closer to each other, but when the neighborhood dealer wants the kid to do something illegal for him, the kid has to choose what path to take.
Without spoiling to much, this film is phenomenal. The child actor is great, the cinematography is amazing, and the minimal soundtrack makes the silent moments more effective.
Overall, The Kid with a Bike is one of the best foreign films I've seen in a long time, and it's definitely worth watching.
I'm easily affected by movies that involve acts of kindness and give you hope for humanity. This is no exception.
You see the world through the eyes of the kid (with a bike). Cruelty, selfishness and ignorance.
You're not just watching the film, you're feeling it!
Loved the story.
Funny, but it totally made me want to get my own bike and go for a ride.
Literally stood up in my living room and started clapping. Holy shit.
At this point, I've decided to watch every Dardenne Brothers film. "The Child" is still my favorite, but I liked this a lot more than "Two Days, One Night." Interesting to see them using a partial score here, just for a few seconds at a time, as I don't think they've ever done that? Excellent film. Their signature hyperrealism juxtaposed with the protagonist's constant movement in this film was just beautiful.
In their patience, tolerance and political utility, the films of Belgium’s Dardenne brothers evoke the noble practice of social work, and their latest is no exception. The simple story concerns an 11-year-old boy abandoned by his no-good father and living as a ward of the state; as played by an amazing discovery named Thomas Dorset, he is a very real case study, arousing neither pity nor cooing sympathy. Cyril is given to running away and attacking authority figures: clearly he has never benefited from an adult who could teach him right from wrong. Things seem to take a positive turn when he finds a hairdresser (Cécile de France, best known here as the meteorologist in Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER) who agrees…
Eventhough the story has been done many of times but the character investment and the acting does end up bringing a tear in my eye.
This seems to be, like many (if not all) Dardenne movies, a parable about forgiveness and unconditional love. In it, a troubled child finds himself systematically abandoned by adults, with the exception of a veritable stranger with no obligation to him. Her acts of kindness and capacity for forgiveness seem to approximate a state of grace here, and the suspense in this film seems to come from whether or not the boy whom she loves will recognize this miracle when faced with it. While I felt that this overtly Bressonian plotline was somewhat tidy, the details that comprise it are frequently striking. There are many heartbreaking scenes here, such as those involving the boy’s father (Jeremie Renier, very well cast)…
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