The Kid with a Bike
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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 emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle - placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France), who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The directing by the Dardenne brothers reflects their previous work: it wants to be unnoticed either for virtuosity or clumsiness, yet only virtuosos can attain this ideal."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The film should be required viewing for everyone who has lost faith in the power of random acts of kindness."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie is so quiet that everything starts to feel heightened; the smallest motions carry great weight, and something as minor as a slammed door causes you to gasp."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"French Loach."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"It's a powerful, well-crafted film and a striking depiction of a side of growing up few filmmakers have tried to put on film. Fewer still have captured it with this sort of honesty and emotional gravity."
‑ Mark Deming, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's nonetheless immensely satisfying - not least in its commitment to a child protagonist whose near-feral intensity and unthinking ingratitude make him the polar opposite of cute."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, L.A. Weekly
"This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A complicated unflinching look at a boy struggling to thrive in a harsh world."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"The Dardennes have once again crafted a lean, efficient film that is plotted with singular purpose without hitting a false note."
‑ Eric Melin,
"[Thrusts] adults into the psychology of a child, pushing them into a confrontation with their own self-involvement."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year."
‑ Tom Charity,
""The Kid With a Bike" vibrates with desperation, frustration and the simple unfairness of life, leavened with glimpses of hope."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The images speed by so fast that you hardly have time to think. But think you do. And what you think about most are all the lost and neglected children of the world."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Downbeat but powerful drama about childhood and love."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"The Dardennes smoothly shift one gear up in the film's coda, offering a sting of humility before a flash of quiet grace. Then we're left watching after one boy on his bike, stubbornly moving, moving, moving, a force to be reckoned with and respected."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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