• TJ Duane

    ★★★★ Watched by TJ Duane 29 Jan, 2015

    The Kid with a Bike is about a boy in a foster home who wants to return to his deadbeat dad. Fortune gives him a home, with a kind hairdresser named Samantha, but there is also temptation, via a drug dealer, which would lead this boy to a future filled with violence and pain.

    I actually thought this was lesser Dardennes, even sub par Dardennes, though of course never bad Dardennes. It just wasn't as immediate or natural as the…

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  • zachmarion

    ★★★★ Added by zachmarion

    I really enjoyed this film. My favorite aspect were the moving masters, which were both organic and always of an appropriate length. I thought the Dardenne Brothers chose to cut at all the right moments and weren't trying to show off their long take acrobatics.

    The young actor, Thomas Doret, playing Cyril was perfectly cast. He had the essence of a boy on the brink of two paths. His face was a devious mask that hid his true desire to…

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  • Sarfaraz Abbasi

    ★★★★½ Added by Sarfaraz Abbasi

    The Kid With A Bike

    The Kid With A Bike was produced through companies in Belgium, France and Italy. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne directed this wonderful milestone, they are also the writers of the film. While watching this movie, several previous grand films touched my mind, such as Bicycle Thieves etc. Cécile de France (Clint Eastwood's Herefter) plays a kind woman, who takes a 12 year old boy (he is looking for his father) from foster care, every weekend.…

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  • Will Sattelberg

    ★★★★ Watched by Will Sattelberg 24 Jan, 2015

    I liked it a lot. The first half was a bit free-flowing and I was unsure it was going to be able to capture my attention, but once he finally finds his dad (which isn't a spoiler, it's fairly early on), I was in, and everything that happened afterwards hooked me even further.

    Still, I'm not sure what the film was trying to say. And maybe it doesn't need to be saying anything, but with all the hype I've heard…

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  • AxeWieldingAlex

    ★★★½ Watched by AxeWieldingAlex 21 Jan, 2015

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

    As I watched The Kid with a Bike, I couldn’t help but feel that this was a film that meant to be a Film (with a capital F). I don’t have much knowledge in the way of film studies, but from my literature background, there is a slight distinction between literature and Literature. I suppose this is true between film and Film. This isn’t to say that I thought it pretentious or snobbish, but The Kid with a Bike certainly…

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  • C Bruno

    ★★★★½ Watched by C Bruno 19 Jan, 2015

    Excellent film; insufferable child.

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  • Dustin Riccio

    ★★★★ Watched by Dustin Riccio 18 Jan, 2015 11

    Film #2 for Movie Club
    Directors Project: Dardenne Brothers

    A really beautiful and well acted little film. The Dardenne brothers excel at creating fully realized characters and placing them into intense emotional situations and then filming them simply with long takes in medium and wide shots.

    The result is a showcase for performance that feels very honest and real, like something closer to a direct cinema documentary than a conventional narrative film. Particularly powerful is the scene at the restaurant…

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  • The Phantom Erik

    ★★★ Watched by The Phantom Erik 18 Jan, 2015

    Just scheduled my vasectomy appointment.

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  • Wade Bearden

    ★★★★★ Watched by Wade Bearden 17 Jan, 2015

    Proof that simple doesn't necessarily mean simplistic.

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  • Richard Squires

    ★★★★½ Watched by Richard Squires 17 Jan, 2015

    I'm ashamed to say that this is my first Dardenne brothers film but, having now watched The Kid with a Bike, I'm eager to explore their other works. With a simple story shot in a realist style, wonderfully developed characters and excellent acting, the brothers create an emotionally involving film that never strays into sentimentality. The first third I found to be incredibly powerful and moving, as Cyril tries to and finally succeeds in tracking down his dad. The burgeoning…

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  • Bramaster

    ★★★½ Watched by Bramaster 17 Jan, 2015 1

    I had a bike growing up, I don't see a movie made about me! There should be, because it'd be better than this movie! Ah, maybe not, unless Werner Herzog directed it. He could probably do something neat.

    The movie is fairly simple, with a lot of long, one shot scenes, and only a handful of actors. Everyone is good in their role, perhaps too good, as I had no sympathy for that kid and instead wanted to give him…

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  • Athina

    ★★★★ Watched by Athina 15 Jan, 2015

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

    Παρα μα παρα μα παρα πολυ ωραια ταινια, δεν το περιμενα. Ο μικρος ολα τα λεφτα, πραγματικα! Με ταραξε ο ηλιθιος πατερας του μικρου που τον παρατησε χωρις ιχνος ενοχης και δε ντρεποταν καν γι' αυτο, τον επαιξε παρα πολυ καλα ο ηθοποιος!
    Μονη ενταση το τελος, μου φανηκε οτι εκλεισε καπως αποτομα, θα ηθελα να δω τι εγινε στη συνεχεια, δεν πιστευω οτι δε θα ελεγε τιποτα γι' ολα αυτα που εγιναν στη θετη μητερα του!

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