LE GAMIN AU VÉLO
THE KID WITH A BIKE

DIRECTOR
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

SCREENPLAY
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

CAST
Cyril Catoul: Thomas Doret
Samantha: Cécile De France
Guy Catoul: Jérémie Renier
The Librarian: Fabrizio Rongione

AWARDS
Grand Prize of the Jury – Cannes Film Festival (2011)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films

RUNNING TIME 87’
PRODUCTION Belgium, France,
Italy, 2011
RATING PG-13
GAUGE 35mm, Blu-ray, DVD

 

The ferociously determined young protagonist of The Kid With a Bike, which is set, like most of the Dardennes’ films, in Seraing, Belgium, shares an iron will similar to that of the teenage title character in the brothers’ Rosetta (1999). Yet their latest film makes their most powerful exploration of human bonds—of selfless, unconditional caring. “One thing that makes the Dardennes’ work so vibrant, at once new and seemingly timeless, is that they ask the most urgent questions we can ask of ourselves — including, what is it to be human — and in nondoctrinaire, nonproscriptive terms.”
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living, hoping to be reunited with his dad—and to find his lost bicycle. He returns to the apartment complex where they once lived, only to find a deserted flat. As the authorities from the children’s home catch up with him and try to bring him back, Cyril, refusing to return, tightly grips a total stranger, a kind, patient woman named Samantha, who will prove to be the heartbroken boy’s savior. Samantha becomes the parent that Cyril so desperately needs, one who will soothe him during his rages and help him cope with the devastating news that his father never wants to see him again.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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