The kid with a bike

The kid with a bike

DVD - 2013 | French
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"Twelve-year-old Cyril, all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father. He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of Samantha, the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on."--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781604656909
1604656905
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD FOREIGN KIDW
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([16] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)

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Byond
Jul 17, 2017

It might be appropriate at times to question the plausibility of a film. I'd give reasonable latitude as long as what is presented is within the realm of possible variations, this being a case in point. This seems pretty much my preferred escape destination: reality. The sticking point for many is the good samaritan, truth in labelling, named Samantha. Many simply regard such a person as a mere fantasy or literary construct. May it not be a self fulfilling prophecy for them.
Endless food for thought here; who knows, possibly even for action. On top of my recent viewing of 'l'enfant', I found myself thinking this. There was ever an outcry against the sexual exploitation of the young, for the most part female. I wonder if what happens to young boys under wanna-bee Fagins might not be an equal phenomena. Their potential reckless violence needs a little moulding to make a life for their exploiters.

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jonnybroom
Mar 29, 2016

A gritty, tough film set in urban Belgium with an amazing performance by an at-risk kid with a lapsed father and considerable anger. I really identified with this little redhead. Recommended.

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dprodrig
Mar 21, 2016

This was a really tough film to watch, moreover because I did it with my kids. The film does an excellent job at examining all of the weaknesses in the main characters, from the persistent and rage filled boy, to the head of the local kids gang, and the man and son who were at one point the victims of the fostered boy. You wonder at the insanity of the woman who decides to take on this bundle of furious energy, and my only complaint is that we never truly understand why she choses to support this child, only that she does.

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beforethemast
Jan 22, 2016

This movie is beautiful. The Dardenne brothers are the best thing to come out of Belgium, since beer and waffles.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 09, 2015

This film from Belgium is a low-budget, but moving drama. What impressed me most is the performance by the young actor who played the troubled, rage-filled 12-year old boy. An antidote to the action and explosions from films that top box offices. In French with subtitles.

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1aa
Jun 02, 2015

A touching story of an unwanted boy, who, by chance, finds a loving guardian.

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TheSandoz
May 02, 2015

At first I found this film to be grating because of the main character ( the kid with the bike )- however, as I stuck with the film I realized the filmmakers were putting us in the position of the woman in the film- having to find deep within us some compassion for the kid, and the situation he's in- in many ways it's tough to watch- but I DID find the ending to be worthwhile ( and it makes sense if you've seen other films by the Dardenne bros ).

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

Stuck in a foster care home and ignored by his deadbeat father, 12-year-old Cyril is given to moments of manic determination and violent temper tantrums. It’s during one such frenzied outing (he’s searching for dad while being chased by care staff) that he latches, quite literally, onto Samantha, a soft-spoken hairdresser who takes a liking to the bratty tow-headed tyke and, after a disastrous meeting with Cyril’s father, agrees to be his weekend foster family along with her ambivalent boyfriend. Angry with his dad and looking for a sense of belonging it isn’t long before Cyril gravitates towards the wrong crowd, in this case the local neighbourhood tough who introduces him to the lucrative world of delinquency despite Samantha’s impotent warnings. Will her love for Cyril be enough to save him? And will a final showdown in a sunlit woods prove to be his downfall...or salvation? Using one small child on a bike, the Dardenne brothers examine the ways in which morality and accountability (or their opposites) are handed down from father to son whether it’s Cyril’s father slamming the door in his devoted son’s face or another father teaching his errant boy how to fabricate a believable story for the police. It also goes to great lengths to illustrate the effects of anger, neglect and, conversely, unconditional love on the development of the child and, by inference, society at large. Unfortunately, for me at least, it proved to be a colourful parable with a hollow centre. Very little here is wholly believable and the story’s paint-by-number structure is just too neat and tidy. While the character of Cyril does possess a certain off-putting combination of childish belligerence and pained vulnerability (amazing performance) the guardian angel role of Samantha is just a tad too contrived despite a brief scene hinting at some personal issues of her own. Destined to be one of those heart-warming crowd pleasers.

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0cho
Feb 12, 2014

This movie is a waste of time. It’s a story about a kid of whose Dad doesn’t want him anymore and ends up in foster care. Having just said that, you can write the whole movie now, probably better than the actual movie. In the end we don’t even care for the kid because he is such a little brat. Yes this might be what real life is like for a foster kid but the film makers needed to do a better job of it.

jagestewart Feb 08, 2014

Well done. Acting of woman and boy was marvellous. The bonus DVD of interviews with Directors (brothers) and cast well worth watching. The details imparted by the director/writers was fascinating.

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