• funsohng

    Watched by funsohng 21 Sep, 2014

    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 Durat.

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  • jb_86

    ★★★★ Watched by jb_86 15 Sep, 2014

    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…

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  • Daniel Sarath

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Daniel Sarath 16 Sep, 2014

    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.

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  • Mauricio Xavier

    ★★★★½ Watched by Mauricio Xavier 07 Sep, 2014

    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.

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  • Etan Weisfogel

    ★★★★½ Watched by Etan Weisfogel 02 Sep, 2014

    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…

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  • Sean Balanger

    ★★½ Watched by Sean Balanger 01 Sep, 2014 2

    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…

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  • samarthbhaskar

    ★★★★ Watched by samarthbhaskar 01 Sep, 2014

    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.

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  • Thom Loudon

    ★★★½ Watched by Thom Loudon 18 Aug, 2014

    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.…

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  • Stribit

    ★★★★★ Watched by Stribit 11 Aug, 2014

    Very inspiring.

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  • Stefan Griens

    ★★★★ Watched by Stefan Griens 18 Jul, 2014

    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.

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  • HD_Goofnut

    ★★★½ Watched by HD_Goofnut 07 Aug, 2014

    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.

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  • Robert Beck

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Robert Beck 05 Aug, 2014

    This is my second viewing of this film after having watched the entire available filmography of the Dardennes (after this being the first film of theirs I've watched). So glad to say it totally holds up in comparison to their other works, a beautiful film that's a slight departure from the usual social realism of the directors' previous works. I have no doubts that they will return to their "roots" on their next film, but much like L'Enfant was a…

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