Reviewed Jul 07, 2012
Cyril (Thomas Doret) is an 11 year old boy who search for his father, Guy Catoul (Jérémie Renier, the main actor of L'enfant, also by Dardennes brothers) who went missing without any notification. Cyril lives in a children care home and it looks like he rarely had contact with his own father. He also search for his beloved bike. Parentless, (his mother seem to be not present at all) he took refuge at the local hairdresser, Samantha (Cécile de France). He soon try to find his father only to find that his father is actually throwing Cyril out of his life. Angry and rejected he find a friend with the wrong figure which leads him into new trouble.
At first Cyril looks naughty and hard to restraint but as the film proceed, the viewers began to empathize with him since what Cyril did is just a manifestation of him seeking love and affection. He is just a kid who cannot articulate his own feelings in words. All he can do is just manifesting his anger into his surroundings.
Just like L'enfant, the previous Dardennes brothers film, this one has minimal soundtrack and neo realistic approach. Although almost free of soundtrack, it has a non natural music between certain scenes to mark an emotional change which reminds you of Kieslowski's Blue.
By avoiding to explain each character's back story the film which won Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival can avoid sentimentality but manages to provoke deep thought inside the audience's mind. To sum it up, all what we need is love, Beatles-wise of course.