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The Kid with a Bike (2011)

Le gamin au vélo (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 18 May 2011 (Belgium)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Doret ... Cyril
Cécile de France ... Samantha (as Cécile De France)
Jérémie Renier ... Guy Catoul
Fabrizio Rongione ... Le libraire
Egon Di Mateo Egon Di Mateo ... Wes
Olivier Gourmet ... Avec la participation de
Baptiste Sornin Baptiste Sornin ... Éducateur 1
Samuel De Ryck Samuel De Ryck ... Éducateur 2 (as Samuel De Rijk)
Carl Jadot Carl Jadot ... Instituteur
Claudy Delfosse Claudy Delfosse ... Homme gare de bus
Jean-Michel Balthazar ... Voisin Val Polet
Frédéric Dussenne Frédéric Dussenne ... Concierge
Myriem Akheddiou ... L'assistante médicale
Sandra Raco Sandra Raco ... Éducatrice
Hicham Slaoui Hicham Slaoui ... Directeur
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Storyline

At about 11, the stubborn and impulsive Cyril seems on his way to delinquency: he has no mother, his father wants a new life without him, so he's in a foster institution. He searches for his father, wanting him and his bike. Through the intersession of Samantha, a hairdresser Cyril happens upon, he gets his bike back, and she offers to take him into her home on weekends. He remains aloof from her and gets involved with a young crook. Is Cyril intent on driving Samantha away - and what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France] | Official site | See more »

Country:

Belgium | France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 2011 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,933, 18 March 2012

Gross USA:

$1,470,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,504,775
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When the hairdresser is leaving the orphanage after she returned Cyrill's bike the car she is driving makes the sound of Diesel engine, but in the next scene with the same car the car sounds like it has a petrol engine. See more »

Quotes

Guy Catoul: It's too much. I can't look after him.
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DDT01 et DDT02
Written by SRG
Performed by SRG
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Love & Affection breaking the (bi)cycle of Violence & Despair
31 March 2012 | by polar24See all my reviews

A beautiful film. One that pulls you in by the honest and genuine storytelling told in the Dardenne brothers' trademark naturalistic and guileless tone that is refreshing and sorely missed in today's too often rambunctious style of movies.

The story is simple and organic, the kid initially breaking out of foster care to find his father, and his bike both of which give him some identity and purpose in the world. He befriends several characters along the way (and in the Dardennes films, the characters are few, but all play vital roles) including the benevolent Samantha (whom I thought was very sweet but perhaps too pretty - and talented - to play a working- class hairdresser). Some characters are good (Samantha), some not so (Wes) and some have their own agendas to make a living.

In this way, the film is not unlike (and I quote the Dardennes) a fairytale - the boy (hero) on quest in the wide world which various characters and dangers lurking, yet set in this ultra realistic (read social-realist) setting.

The style of film-making here is pure and simple in that social-realist style, simply presenting characters who live on the fringe of society; who live in poor social economic conditions or don't have the opportunity of good schooling or the genuine love of a mother or father. As a result it is perhaps a little easier to understand why Cyril acts the way he does, rebelling against society, trying to find his place in the world. As you watch perhaps keep in mind what you might do to make ends meet.

The kid is astounding in a first-time performance, he conveys so much frustration, anger, pathos, regret with just glances and looks, most of the screen time without dialogue. Just watch the sequences when he is cycling on his bike, utterly free, chasing (or escaping) his life as the master of his own destiny.

This is a very simple & heartfelt tale, it tells the story as it is with no artifice, shot in the gorgeous dappled sunlight of a Belgian summer. It is not as hard-hitting and gritty as other of the Dardennes' films, such as emotional sledgehammers like Rosetta, Le Fils & L'Infant, but, it is still very good.


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