The Kid With a Bike

Posted 9 years ago by myetvmedia


“Le Gamin au vélo” (2011) “The Kid with a Bike” is a triumph for the Dardenne brothers. This raw and gritty story is an examination of a child growing up in the foster system. This film is a fiction but feels more like a documentary because of the long takes the Dardenne’s are known for. It is the direction and incredible acting that make this film and the rest of the Dardenne cannon so unique.


Boasting two Palm d’Or Award winning films at the Cannes Festival with “Rosetta” (1999) and “L’enfant” (2005) the Dardenne brothers have done it again. “The Kid with a Bike” follows the story of Cyril (Thomas Doret) a child in search for his father. Cyril is a rebel with a kind heart who is looking to find his place in the world. When he has something he wants to accomplish, he will do anything to achieve it, even if it means risking his own safety. Cyril connects with Samantha (Cécile de France), a salon owner, who takes him under her wing. This film takes you into the world of a young boy who is struggling to understand his father’s absence and what he has to do to fit in. His journey is amazing to watch.


Thomas Doret’s performance as Cyril is spellbinding. The realism in his reactions throughout the film is uncanny. He is everything a little boy should be. And take it from me because I used to be one. He continuously tries to run away when he’s angry, his body language is spot on and you know the Dardenne’s are behind it all. Their ability to draw these amazing performances out of their characters is truly unbelievable.


This is a slow, brooding film that is sure to be success across the globe. The audience cannot help but be sucked into this world the Dardenne’s have created. Cécile de France only strengthens the film with her warm understanding as Samantha. Her ability to work along side Thomas brings a relationship that is emotional and infectious to watch. The levels of this on screen relationship run deep and you will find every layer more interesting then the last. This is also because of a fantastic script.


The title may sound very simple however the film is not. Cyril is “The Kid with a Bike” (2011) and I am so happy I was able to explore his world. At 87 minutes don’t blink; you won’t want to miss a moment.

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