THE KID WITH A BIKE
Love Heals Psychological Wounds
Release Date: March 16, 2012
Starring: ** Love Heals Psychological
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Sundance Selects/IFC Films
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc
Writer: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc
Dardenne, Dennis Freyd
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Cyril is an 11-year-old child in France who finds himself abandoned to an orphanage by his father, who says he can’t afford to care for him any more. The boy has already lost his mother. Left to his own devices, he’s morally adrift.
Cyril keeps fleeing to the city in pursuit of his father and to get an answer why he was abandoned. When he finds his father, however, the father asks the hairdresser who drove the boy to never come see him again.
The kindly hairdresser, Samantha, takes Cyril under her wing to foster care for him. Earlier, she had helped Cyril find the bike that his father had sold after he abandoned Cyril.
However, Cyril is still looking for father figures. He falls under the sway of a teenage gang leader. The leader talks him into assaulting and robbing people for him. Cyril’s actions risk losing Samantha, but she refuses to give up without a fight. Can Cyril learn to change for the better?
THE KID WITH A BIKE is shot in a very realistic, cinema verite style, so it often feels like a documentary despite it’s fictional nature. The acting by Thomas Doret as the young boy and Cécile de France as the hairdresser is excellent. Not much happens plotwise, but the movie’s two directors make the simple rhythms work in a quietly addictive fashion. In the end, the viewer cares about the boy and his fate, despite the boy’s acting out. Eventually, the boy does reform his behavior under his foster parent’s care and affection.
Ultimately, THE KID WITH A BIKE is an uplifting story about moral transformation through love, but caution is advised for older children due to brief foul language and some mature themes.
THE KID WITH A BIKE is shot in a realistic style, so it often feels like a documentary. The plot is simple but powerfully acted and ultimately uplifting. The movie’s two directors make the simple rhythms work in a quietly addictive fashion. THE KID WITH A BIKE is about the transforming power of parental love. Caution is advised for older children, however, due to brief foul language and some mature themes.