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Belgium, 2012, 90 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles

Seven-year-old Kid (Bent Simons) is a spirited attention seeker who acts out at school and at home, while his older brother Billy is well behaved and sweet. As they become increasingly aware of their single mother's dire financial situation – in early scenes we see Kid witness her being refused for a bank loan, and then on the phone to a belligerent creditor – they act with surprising maturity and foresight.

Realizing that they will soon lose the family farm and with it, their livelihood, Kid makes a pact with his mother that will change their lives forever.

Kid is shot with a mostly stationary camera, with lingering, simple yet beautifully composed shots of domestic tableaux, emphasizing the home-life that is soon to be shattered. Creating tension, pathos and humor through use of framing; atmosphere and detail rather than dialogue – which is used with sparse economy – director Fien Troch (Someone Else's Happiness) has created an understated yet utterly compelling portrait of an ordinary family during a time of immense pressure and hardship.

DIRECTOR: Fien Troch
Producer: Antonino Lombardo
Editor: Nico Leunen
Screenwriter: Fien Troch
Cinematographer: Frank Van Den Eeden
Music: Senjan Janssen
Principal Cast: Bent Simons, Maarten Meeusen, Gabriela Carrizo, Rit Ghoos, René Jacobs, Theo Peeters
Filmography: Unspoken (2008), Someone Else’s Happiness(2005)
Print Source: Media Luna New Films -

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