• Davis Imboden

    ★★★★ Watched by Davis Imboden 19 Apr, 2015

    My second Dardenne Brothers picture. I seem to be working my way backwards through their filmography. I get their style, though - quiet neorealism with a big heart. And I like it.

    I didn't find this as affecting as the Dardenne's latest, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, but having worked in child care it was easy to empathize with our poor little lost Kid. I think only a sociopath couldn't. This one's like Antoine Doinel meets Lupe Fiasco's "Kick Push". Little son of a bitch really should have bought a bike lock.

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  • BENJAMINTO

    ★★★★ Watched by BENJAMINTO 14 Apr, 2015

    I've somehow managed to avoid registering the name "Dardenne" to my mental catalogue of directors in the last 25 years, and I've done an even better job of avoiding watching any of the Dardenne brothers' films. Two Days, One Night was a film I'd been interested in seeing when it was being championed as an Oscar season underdog (mostly for Marion Cotillard's performance), but the closest I got to watching it was letting the opening studio/financier credits roll before deciding…

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  • Erwin

    ★★★★ Watched by Erwin 25 Mar, 2015

    Film #23 of the 30 countries 30 films challenge
    list: Subtitle month 2015

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  • Brandon

    ★★★★½ Watched by Brandon 19 Mar, 2015

    A third installment of "Brandon Hates His Father Even More Because of a Movie."

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  • MovieMeditation

    ★★★★ Watched by MovieMeditation 12 Mar, 2015

    This is my fourth Dardenne-film I think, and this brotherly directing-duo defiantly knows how to make genuinely good films, using their very own unique style of filmmaking. Their signature style leans towards a special kind of subgenre that I really enjoy, and if I had to describe it, I would call it a humanistic and super-realistic take on the modern world and society’s many problems. All their films seem very distinctive and following a certain simplistic style that perhaps would…

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  • Kevin Wight

    ★★★★ Watched by Kevin Wight 14 Mar, 2015 2

    A painstaking study of a young boy have a very hard time of it, The Kid with a Bike is another slice of microscopically observed small-town Belgian life from the Dardenne brothers.

    Cyril (Thomas Doret) is a troubled ten year-old with unspecified emotional and behavioural problems. He has been abandoned by his feckless father into the foster care system. In the process he has also lost his beloved bike. During an escape attempt from the home, he literally bumps into…

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  • RJMacReady

    ★★★½ Watched by RJMacReady 14 Mar, 2015

    I very much enjoy films that are understated slices of real life yet whilst it was brilliantly acted and shot with beautiful simplicity I just felt it lacked a little oomph and resolved a little too cleanly.

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  • MIRIAM

    ★★★★ Watched by MIRIAM 11 Mar, 2015

    March Around the World 2015: #11 Belgium
    Guidelines

    A couple of years ago when I watched my first Dardenne brothers film, L'enfant, I was expecting something completely different from what I got. A quote on the back of the DVD told me that the film was something of a "modern day fairy tale", so I was imagining an experience along the lines of Slumdog Millionaire...boy, was I wrong haha. I was definitely a bit puzzled after watching the film, so…

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  • Paukzen

    ★★★½ Watched by Paukzen 19 May, 2014

    Streaming

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  • Alex H

    ★★★ Watched by Alex H 02 Mar, 2015 1

    March Around the World | #2 - Belgium

    It’s obvious that Cyril has had a very tough upbringing, but there’s only so far that my sympathy will go, and the main issue I had with Kid with a Bike is that for 90% of its runtime the main character is an insufferable little shit who I really had no desire to root or feel concern for.

    I realise one of the film’s main archs is how Cyril changes for the…

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  • Pablo Massa

    ★★★½ Watched by Pablo Massa 28 Feb, 2015

    Drama liviano.

    Me gustan los dramas que no le dan color, muchas veces las historias dramáticas exploran extremos de crisis, violencia, muerte y caos simplemente porque es posible. ¿Que soy aburrido y simplista?, si la vida de las personas promedio son aburridas y simplistas, ¿por qué no retratar eso?, no se hagan los rockstars.

    Igual suceden eventos mucho más complejos que en un vida promedio, liviano para el promedio de los dramas que se hacen los oh me suceden cosas únicas soy un ser humano especial contemplo el suicidio.

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  • Juan .

    ★★★★½ Watched by Juan . 28 Feb, 2015

    Touching tale of a boy rediscovering love in his life.

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