• majella

    ★★★½ Watched by majella 28 Nov, 2015

    Quite an engaging movie depicting the sad story of a child abandoned by his father, placed in a boys' home and fostered by a young, single hairdresser. The boy is, understandably, angry and dysfunctional but also not especially likeable, hence the film avoids sentimentality.


  • Leo Brady

    ★★★★★ Watched by Leo Brady 08 Nov, 2015

    "The Kid with a Bike" is a beautiful film. It is full of real emotions from each character. A father who no longer wants the responsibility of a child. A child who wants desperately to be loved. And a foster parent who is missing something in her life. I loved this film.


  • Kurdt

    ★★★ Watched by Kurdt 02 Nov, 2015

    I was in the mood for a Dardenne bros film and couldn't be bothered to download one, so I settled for this, their only one on Netflix I hadn't seen. Admittedly I'd have preferred to watch another, as this had never piqued my interest hugely and, perhaps most importantly, I'd come across many reviews claiming how annoying the titular kid is. And if there's one thing that'll derail a film for me, it's annoying kids. But lo and behold, maybe…


  • sharky_55

    ★★★★ Added by sharky_55

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The most effective thing that the Dardenne brothers do here is annoy the audience. We clench our fists and yell angrily at the screen, because the main character here is behaving most illogically and childishly. Cyril is a confused and abandoned 12 year old boy, and we must loathe him for it. I certainly did. It is heartbreaking how inevitably he falls for the trap of the drug dealer and gang leader Wesker. We scold his foolishness, but also understand…


  • Andrew R.

    Added by Andrew R.

    Realism just got realer with this shockingly vicious fairy tale of sorts. Totally unflinching and filled with small moments of reality.


  • Édgar Beltrán Sandoval

    ★★★★½ Watched by Édgar Beltrán Sandoval 14 Oct, 2015

    Con cada película de los Dardenne, me doy cuenta que los personajes deben alimentarse, de esperanzas, de sueños, de anhelos. Aquí, el infante sigue siendo eso, mientras que el niño, con su bicicleta, debe atravesar pruebas para vislumbrar un posible futuro donde ya no lo sea. Quizá la única falla: la música en tres ocasiones, se traicionaron un poco los hermanos, pues en su diario comentaban que no debíamos vestir una escena con artefactos de belleza cuando lo que se…


  • Eli H

    ★★★½ Watched by Eli H 06 Oct, 2015

    Sweet film.


  • Patrick Mulcahy

    ★★★★★ Watched by Patrick Mulcahy 13 Oct, 2011

    At its core, writer-producer-director Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s naturalistic drama, The Kid With A Bike (Le Gamin au Velo) is about a twelve-year old boy desperate to connect with an adult male – his father or a surrogate – who subsequently learns that there is an alternative. For us in Britain, this is an extremely resonant narrative. Much crime in the UK is committed by young adult males – sometimes younger – without a viable male role model. Indeed, one…


  • wakeupjyoo

    ★★★½ Watched by wakeupjyoo 01 Oct, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    아버지가 나를 버리고 떠났다. 연락처도 없다. 그러나 그런 아버지를 간절히 원한다. 세상은 그런 나를 이해하지 못하고 나를 꼴통이라고 한다.
    나를 세상과 이어주는 것 - 자전거.
    그런데 그것을 아빠는 팔아치우고 떠났다.

    그 자전거를 찾아준 여인.
    세상 모두 자기 자신, 자기 가족만을 위해 사는데 (심지어 나의 아버지마저) 나를 위해 자기 삶을 희생하는 여인.

    소년의 엄마 얘기는 전혀 다뤄지지 않고 있다. 소년의 삶을 볼때 어린 시절에 이미 떠난듯.
    소년이 알지 못하는 엄마의 정을 그 여인이 조금씩 나눠준다.

    영화 막바지에서 감정의 롤러코스터를 불러일으키는 장면 -
    그래도 삶은 이어진다


  • Corey Hiscocks

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Corey Hiscocks 22 Sep, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Every time that kid rides around the corner and every time the kids I teach ride around corners of their own, the music swells and I think to myself: "God, I just want to see this kid to make it."


  • muchogrouch

    ★★★ Watched by muchogrouch 18 Sep, 2015

    An understated coming-of-age that avoids answering some complicated questions it raises by offering up a weirdly tidy answer in its final moments. It's hazy mood was intoxicating, and I can watch almost anything this naturalistic, but the style was like a gloss. It gave the film an emotional distance, which isn't always a bad thing to me, but it seemed to want to explore some emotions it couldn't quite get to.

    It's also possible that following this up with the…


  • Prasath

    ★★★★½ Watched by Prasath 23 Sep, 2015

    Good Movie....Must Watch