The Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike

Cannes-winning French drama about a wild 11-year-old boy rebounding between the care of a kind, single woman (Cécile de France) and the blandishments of a streetwise older boy.

"Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children's home. By chance he meets Samantha (de France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn't recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage." (Source: Cannes Film Festival 2011)

Grand Prix winner at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: M, contains offensive language87 minsFrance, Italy, BelgiumFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Arthouse?

We love foreign films, arthouse movies, small budget productions. But they have to be good. Of the 4 of us watching this. 2 got up and walked out after 30 odd minutes of tedium. My wife and I stayed tilll the end. Then laughed at how bad the movie was and stunned that we'd just wasted 90 minutes of our lives. I have seen some great films that challlenge...

1.0
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Small and quiet, but genuinely impactful

Everything about this film feels minimalistic. Scenes last only as long as they must, not a second longer, characters speak their minds and emotions without any of the unrealistic, eloquent thoughtfulness of a Hollywood picture, and music is kept to the barest of minimums, used only two or three times in the film, to emphasise a narrative beat or shift in...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The breakout here is 13-year-old Doret, the Dardennes' latest stunningly naturalistic, non-professional acting discovery.

3.0
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Total Film

Total Film

press

Good enough to survive evoking "Bicycle Thieves" and "The 400 Blows," this small story contains universal truths, told with irresistible force.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Doubles as both an engrossingly perceptive human drama and a powerful religious parable.

5.0
0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Leery filmgoers can exhale: The Kid With a Bike may hew faithfully to the Dardennes' house style of spare, lucid storytelling. But without giving anything away, let's just say that with this simple, deeply affecting tale, they never set out to break your heart.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The film is unafraid of emotion, unafraid of plunging into basic human ideas: the need for trust, and the search for love.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The most mysterious character in The Kid With a Bike is not the kid, who after all, has a story it's fairly easy to understand. It is the hairdresser, played by Cecille De France with her sad beauty. This actress carries lifetimes in her eyes.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

With customary restraint, the Dardenne brothers have added yet another exquisite entry to their masterful body of work.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

In outline it sounds trite - a disenfranchised kid is turned around by a kindly stranger - but the Dardennes' make it so much more. Raw but compassionate, naturalistic but compelling. If you're looking to get into the Dardennes, this is a great place to start.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The breakout here is 13-year-old Doret, the Dardennes' latest stunningly naturalistic, non-professional acting discovery.

3.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Good enough to survive evoking "Bicycle Thieves" and "The 400 Blows," this small story contains universal truths, told with irresistible force.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Doubles as both an engrossingly perceptive human drama and a powerful religious parable.

5.0
0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Leery filmgoers can exhale: The Kid With a Bike may hew faithfully to the Dardennes' house style of spare, lucid storytelling. But without giving anything away, let's just say that with this simple, deeply affecting tale, they never set out to break your heart.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The film is unafraid of emotion, unafraid of plunging into basic human ideas: the need for trust, and the search for love.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The most mysterious character in The Kid With a Bike is not the kid, who after all, has a story it's fairly easy to understand. It is the hairdresser, played by Cecille De France with her sad beauty. This actress carries lifetimes in her eyes.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

With customary restraint, the Dardenne brothers have added yet another exquisite entry to their masterful body of work.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

In outline it sounds trite - a disenfranchised kid is turned around by a kindly stranger - but the Dardennes' make it so much more. Raw but compassionate, naturalistic but compelling. If you're looking to get into the Dardennes, this is a great place to start.

4.0
0

Arthouse?

We love foreign films, arthouse movies, small budget productions. But they have to be good. Of the 4 of us watching this. 2 got up and walked out after 30 odd minutes of tedium. My wife and I stayed tilll the end. Then laughed at how bad the movie was and stunned that we'd just wasted 90 minutes of our lives. I have seen some great films that challlenge...

1.0
0

Small and quiet, but genuinely impactful

Everything about this film feels minimalistic. Scenes last only as long as they must, not a second longer, characters speak their minds and emotions without any of the unrealistic, eloquent thoughtfulness of a Hollywood picture, and music is kept to the barest of minimums, used only two or three times in the film, to emphasise a narrative beat or shift in...

4.0
0