The Kid with a Bike
Filmfest 2011

OPENING FILM THE KID WITH A BIKE restates the Dardennes' style so emphatically it is almost like Monet repainting his lilies. In fact, the movie appears to be a variation on De Sica's Bicycle Thieves, in which a father and son search for a bicycle; here, a son with a bicycle searches for his errant dad. Thomas Doret is the 12-year-old Cyril, in care and unable to believe that his father has abandoned him. Under the Dardennes' direction, this very talented young actor suggests a borderline disorder, an almost autistic inability to understand or respond to what his carers and other adults are telling him. Chance appears, rather implausibly, to take a hand when Samantha, a kindly hairdresser played by De France, offers to take Cyril for the weekend. His selfish, deadbeat dad (Renier) refuses to get involved, and so, agonised by this need for a father figure, Cyril falls under the spell of a local drug-dealer who needs an underling to do his dirty work. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

tags: Feature film

Cast: Cécile De France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo


Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne