The Kid with a Bike can be a frustrating film to watch at times but only because it's so compelling and well acted. Thomas Doret is instantly believable as the abandoned boy looking for his father and in turn looking for somewhere to belong. It's a slow burner but the conclusion ...
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers delves into the emotio... read more
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
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August 21, 2012
May 9, 2012
Coming of age tales heavily rely on the emotional connection that audiences share with the protagonist. If we can't identify with the star, then the story may not have merit. Even the best child actors can drift into precociousness. This is not the case here, as young actor Thoma...
May 2, 2012
A Belgian boy tries to reunite with the father who abandoned him; a single hairdresser takes an interest in his plight. Young Thomas Doret is excellent as the understandably troubled boy who craves love but instinctively sabotages his chances in this thoughtful heartstring-tugger.
April 8, 2012
The Dardennes Brothers' "The Kid with a Bike," which tied for second prize at Cannes last year, is what you would expect from this filmmaking team: a brutally frank depiction of human callousness. Here the victim is a boy about 10 years old suddenly and inexplicably abandoned by ...
April 2, 2012
Cyril: Dad! I'm here.
Given that the month of March was packed with an unusual amount of high budget, blockbuster films, I figured I would balance things out with a couple of independent/arthouse features as well. One of these was The Kid with a Bike, a Belgian film from the Da...
March 31, 2012
'The Kid with a Bike'. A superb young lead performance by Thomas Doret, difficult and frustrating at times, but a beautifully constructed, very real drama.
Cyril Catoul is a kid whose absolute tenacity you can't help but admire, a character you completely sympathise with, and th...
January 21, 2012
Although interesting at first, this drama proves to be a frustrating effort that doesn't seem to have much to say. The Dardennes continue to invest in their neo-realism but this time the characters are not well constructed and the conflicts seem artificial. Besides, the young pro...
March 29, 2012
Following a chance encounter, hairdresser De France allows wild child Doret to leave his juvenile home and stay with her at the weekends. Upon discovering the child's father,Renier, wants nothing to do with him, she takes him into her care on a permanent basis, battling to keep h...
March 26, 2012
Like most boys of his age, Cyril(Thomas Doret) is full of energy, which helps in his numerous escape attempts from a chldren's home where his father(Jeremie Renier) placed him about a month previously. On one such attempt, he gets as far as his old apartment building where he ha...
September 8, 2012
Another wonderful drama written and directed by the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who may be the most consistently high-achieving filmmakers of our time! This time it is a story of a 12-year-old boy who turns to a woman for comfort after his father has abandoned ...
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