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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.
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.
Another understated but immensely powerful film from the Dardennes. With their typically urgent style of social realism, The Kid With A Bike follows a young boy looking for some kind of connection -- whether from a loving hairdresser who agrees to see him on weekends or a local thug who takes him under his wing -- having being abandoned by his father. 15-year-old Thomas Doret's subtle and humane performance in the lead role is absolutely outstanding, especially considering his age.
Y'all weren't fucking around with the Dardennes love. Half beautiful, half tragic, all real. Handheld camerawork feels raw and immaculate at the same time. Samantha is the down-to-earth version of Atticus Finch. The kid that plays Cyril is amazing, completely selling wha could be considered character inconsistencies by never letting the audience forget the undercurrent of his emotions. Must watch all the rest of those folks' films.
This is my first Dardenne Brothers film - I wanted to start with Rosetta, but couldn't find it, and this was on Netflix Instant. I appreciated this film's insistence on avoiding every possible convention of this type of story. I think most writers/directors would want the child to accept his father's rejection of him much more quickly, so that we could relate to his intelligence and emotional maturity; that way, we wouldn't get bored watching someone discover something that has already been telegraphed to us. Instead, young Cyril spends an inordinate amount of time, almost the entire first half of the picture, searching for his father, and refusing to acknowledge that he has been abandoned. It's a painfully accurate portrayal…
This film reminded me a bit of Truffaut's The 400 Blows. It could perhaps be seen as a continuation of that story. We have another French kid that's always running around trying to escape the life he lives. He becomes increasingly destructive to himself and others. This changes, though, when he realizes he doesn't need his father because he has found someone else who cares for him. I found that change to be dealt with pretty abruptly here. One minute he's attacking people and then through one quick "I'm sorry" conversation and a hug he's suddenly reformed and the story shifts to a completely different theme dealing with the nature of retribution. It just seemed rushed towards the end as though some scenes were missing and the focus was lost.
Kids like Cyril are the reason I'm afraid of ever being a father. But stories like this are also the reason why I know it's one of the most important things I can ever do.
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.
- 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: 160/739
- The Captive
- 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.…