The Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike  {Le gamin au velo}
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The Kid with a Bike
Le gamin au velo
Belgium, 2011, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Italy
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama
Program: Modern Masters
Language: French English Sub-Titles

In their Cannes’ Jury Prize winner, the Dardenne brothers mine familiar bleak territory, but lightened this time by two key elements: a bright summer setting and a kind-hearted woman who looks out for the film’s angry 11-year-old protagonist. Cyril has escaped the boys’ home he has been dumped in to find the bike he is adamant his father would not have sold. While searching for both his feckless dad and the missing bike, fate puts Cyril in the path of a hairdresser named Samantha. Following her instincts rather than her judgment, Samantha becomes a weekend ward for the boy. Finally realizing that his father wants nothing to do with him, Cyril falls in with a rough crowd of petty criminals and tests the limits of Samantha’s compassion. Renowned for discovering gifted new actors, the Dardennes have outdone themselves with the casting of Thomas Doret as Cyril. His intensity drives the film forward, while the tenderness and compassion of Cecile de France’s Samantha creates precious moments of grace in this heartbreaking tale of abandonment.

DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Producer: Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
Editor: Marie-Helene Dozo
Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Cinematographer: Alain Marcoen
Principal Cast: Cecile de France, Thomas Doret, Jeremie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon di Mateo
Filmography: Lorna’s Silence (2008), The Child (2005), The Son (2002), Rosetta (1999), La Promesse (1996)
Print Source: Sundance Selects -

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