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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.
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…
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.
Family, are the people who care about you. It's not your bloodline, its not whose responsible for you, its not the people you work for or pledge allegiance to. Family are the people who chose to love you unconditionally.
I've heard good things about Two Days One Night, and so I pre-ordered the blu-ray on Amazon, soon to be arriving in about a week. I decided, in the meantime, to watch The Kid with a Bike - another film by the Dardenne Brothers who directed Two Days One Night. Needless to say, I'm now extremement excited to recieve that blu-ray.
With the type of story it is, it could usually get only four stars maximum because it's not really covering any new grounds. However, I was blown away by The Kid with a Bike. It's executed with such poignancy and realism that it's so powerful. It's really quite devastating to watch a story with such a lead character, especially…
Tout coule si extraordinairement bien. www.youtube.com/watch?v=XttTpZHQgJw
This hit me right in the gut.
Another masterpiece of the Dardenne Brothers. Charging, emotional and inspiring.
Such a powerful, beautiful, and moving film. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are true masters of cinema.
The Kid with a Bike is yet another predictably masterful Dardennes film; it's a restrained yet extremely affectionate look at youth desperation, carefully woven through Dardennes' signature direction and a fantastic performance by young Thomas Doret.
How in the world did the Dardennes pull this one off? How did they do it? Again. How did they open my heart to a young kid who seemed like such an annoyingly clichéd brat innitially? Sure, we know why young Cyril is always running, always frowning, always violently pushing for the smallest glimmer of hope to see the father who abandoned him, apparently without any notice. The same father who sold the kid's bike, something the father would, at least that's what Cyril believes, never do. We understand, yet feel compelled to grab that frustratingly stubborn child and shake him into awakening. Your father doesn't want you, kid. So be nice to that woman, the one adult who tries…
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- 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: 165/743
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Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…