All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
The Kid with a Bike follows a particularly emotional and difficult period of childhood for eleven year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). Following his father's abandonment, Cyril compulsively searches for the symbol that represents their relationship -- his bicycle. At the hands of fate he becomes the custodial responsibility of Samantha (Cécile De France) who is determined to tame his unpredictable and seemingly dangerous behaviour.
Cyril's absolutely catastrophic attempt at seeking a father figure makes The Kid with a Bike a rather difficult film to watch. The emotional power surging through the film comes courtesy of Thomas Doret whose action is unstoppable. Everything the young actor does on screen is exacting and performed with such intent. Even an action as simple as…
Was "The Insufferable Twat With A Bike" taken? I spent 90% of this movie hoping this little fucker would get hit by a car.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
I had a tough time with this one as it is very much centralized on the main character Cyril (The Kid) and I found him extremely annoying. I realize this is likely a very accurate portrayal of how young kids act when they are abandoned by essentially everyone, but I just found the kid to be an obnoxious, petulant brat and I could not sympathize. I also was not sure of the motivations of the lady in this film; why did she suddenly decide to take him in? Was she just a nice person, or was it supposed to be because she was of a certain age without kids? I did like the ending of the film a lot and there were certain pieces I thought were well done, but this one was just not for me and the cold, dark place where my heart should be.
This film often approaches greatness for it only to be knocked back occasionally by twists that are frankly poor compared to the rest of the Dardenne’s oeuvre. It’s slightly unfair to judge it on what they have done in the past but one naturally does expect a little more from these brilliant filmmaking brothers. It is an interesting story - 11 year old Cyril hates his life in a children’s home and is desperate to be reunited with his father. It turns out that his father wants nothing to do with him and so he instead develops a familial relationship with Samantha, a kind hairdresser in her 30s who agrees to let him stay on weekends. Through many challenges and…
Drama about a kid and his bike. The movie follows the kid and it really tries to convey the story through his perspective, which only makes it sadder and hit home more. A lot of the movie happens without any sound backing it up, which really makes it feel more real, but also helps you feel uneasier as a movie watcher.
Well acted with a worthwhile script, but I sure am glad it was only 87 minutes as there were times when I was attempting to nod off. It's still worth seeing in my opinion.
This is my second viewing of this film after having watched the entire available filmography of the Dardennes (after this being the first film of theirs I've watched). So glad to say it totally holds up in comparison to their other works, a beautiful film that's a slight departure from the usual social realism of the directors' previous works. I have no doubts that they will return to their "roots" on their next film, but much like L'Enfant was a slight nod to Bresson's Pickpocket, The Kid with a Bike is the Dardennes' version of Maurice Pialat's Naked Childhood, and obvious 400 Blows comparisons are appropriate as well. However the Dardennes' portrayal of a child behaving badly improves upon Pialat's in my humble opinion because of the directing team's touching humanity. While not letting the mistakes of its titular characters go unnoticed, they are full of hope for these people, and by the end of the film we are too.
I'd been reading about the Dardenne brothers' films for somewhere upward of 15 years and figured it was probably time I got around to seeing one. Outside of 10 minutes of 1999's "Rosetta" - stopped because the extreme shaky-cam was making my wife physically ill - I'd never seen any of these critically-worshipped Belgians' uber-realist pictures. "The Kid With A Bike" from 2011 was an excellent place to start, and it packs a wallop in its 87 minutes. It's a portrait of the choices a troubled, abandoned boy makes on the precipice of his adolescence; the ramifications of those choices; and a vivid illustration of the volatile lives of the world' foster children.
Cyril is the youth in question. Abandoned…
Part Five of my Dardenne Series - A Retrospective
So it's basically like a greatest hits album (although not a David Bowie greatest hits album; majority of his best songs are never on there -"Outside" is a really underrated album) for the Dardenne Bros. It also seems to take their classic shooting style and mix it equally with what I didn't like from LORNA'S SILENCE to meet in the middle, which I actually ended up liking a lot (although I will always miss the shots in the car where the camera pans back and forth between two characters -now it's just a quick cut).
To me, (I still haven't seen ROSETTA because it is nowhere to be found on the…
My first Dardennes (starting in prep for their new one) and this is muscular, graceful, affecting and a little bit miraculous. More please.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 159/738
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…