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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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
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.
The Dardenne brothers are among my favorite filmmakers today. They make emotionally powerful films with characters whom you care for. Le gamin au vélo tells the story of Cyril, a young boy who has been abandoned by his father and lives in a youth home. Cyril refuses to accept that his father has abandoned him and searches for him. At his father's last known address, Cyril meets Samantha, a hairdresser, who feels sympathy for Cyril and agrees to foster him on the weekends. Samantha tries to give Cyril love and attention, but he does not allow her to get close to him.
The film is about how one person can influence another person's life for the better. Although Cyril is…
Hmm... I don't know whether it makes me a horrible person, but occasionally I wished this kid would just shut up. But I guess that's kind of the point, because at the end I actually did care about him.
Subtle drama that deals with issues of loss and fatherhood, as a boy, having been abandoned by his father, lives with a woman but searches for another father figure. Despite the subtleties in the performances, the film does occasionally try and force an emotional response with a repeated melody (I think from the end credits that it was a Beethoven piece) but it doesn't quite come off. Scenes that just focus on the performances, which are brilliant, particularly from the newcomer Thomas Doret. For most of the film, I admittedly wanted to throttle him for treating his new mother figure so terribly but there are also moments where you feel for him and feel protective over him. I don't know how much of a real issue this story is but one hopes that there aren't that many fathers as neglectful as Cyril's in the world.
Not really what i expected, i thought it was going to be a light hearted coming of age film in which a child gains a new step mum. It is actually a darker film, its not sinister, but isnt light hearted. The performances are very good throughout. It looks decent but not nearly as good as other french films, it has a tendandcy for shots to be held for a couple of seconds longer than it should, also far far too much camera jerk. Overall a slightly strange film, that could have been made better and would have suited a cheerier story, still decent though
The Kid with a Bike, and an asshole father!
Cyril (Thomas Doret) is an eleven year old boy with daddy issues. The film begins with him obsessively searching for his father and the bike he sees as a symbol of hope in their relationship. As it turns out, his father is just a piece of shit who doesn't want to deal with the responsibility of raising a kid. Cyril stays at a foster home, and eventually with Samantha (Cécile de France) a kind hairdresser who agrees to be a foster parent.
Early in the film thanks to his daddy issues Cyril is a bit of a dick. He runs away from the home, doesn't listen, and acts in a way…
On the face of it, The Kid With A Bike is one of the Dardennes’ sunniest films – it’s the first film that they’ve shot in summer, the first to include a soundtrack and the first to feature something approaching a sentimental narrative: a young boy, passed from foster home to foster home, who strikes up a redemptive rapport with a young woman. Moreover, it’s the first film to downplay Seraing as an industrial city – while the Dardennes’ earlier films have sometimes taken parks, green belts and traffic islands as their backdrops, they’ve never felt quite so uncontaminated by the city as they do here; this is the first film in which the brothers glimpse something like a genuine…
The Dardenne Brothers have done it again!!!.filled with emotional foot chases,using a simple but powerful script to convey human emotions..even the score plays at the right time...Thomas and Cecile' are outstanding in their respective roles...one of the years best!!!
Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes.
Damned if I can find any reason not to give this five stars. Samantha seems like an impossibly good, self-giving person, but granted that, she's as believable as Cyril or his father. And such people do exist, even if they're hard to find. Why not make movies about them occasionally?
The Kid with a Bike doesn't have the jostled camerawork and claustrophobic framing but is otherwise of a kind with other Dardennes' films - masterfully depicted dramas told at a human scale. Films that are fuller for their smallness and more touching for their dry and matter-of-fact style.
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