The Kid with a Bike (2011)
"Le gamin au vélo" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  18 May 2011 (Belgium)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Egon Di Mateo ...
Batiste Sornin ...
Educateur 1 (as Baptiste Sornin)
Samuel De Rijk ...
Carl Jadot ...
Claudy Delfosse ...
Jean-Michel Balthazar ...
Frédéric Dussenne ...
Myriem Akeddiou ...
L'assistante médicale (as Myriem Akheddiou)
Sandra Raco ...
Hicham Slaoui ...


At about 11, the stubborn and impulsive Cyril seems on his way to delinquency: he has no mother, his father wants a new life without him, so he's in a foster institution. He searches for his father, wanting him and his bike. Through the intersession of Samantha, a hairdresser Cyril happens upon, he gets his bike back, and she offers to take him into her home on weekends. He remains aloof from her and gets involved with a young crook. Is Cyril intent on driving Samantha away - and what then? Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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18 May 2011 (Belgium)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$45,933 (USA) (16 March 2012)


$1,384,749 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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The script was structured with a fairytale in mind, where the boy would lose his illusions and Samantha would appear as a fairy-like figure. See more »


When the hairdresser is leaving the orphanage after she returned Cyrill's bike the car she iss driving makes the sound of Diesel engine, but in the next scene with the same car the car sounds like it has a petrol engine. See more »


Guy Catoul: It's too much. I can't look after him.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »


Written by Didier Dauvrin, Raphaël Mancini, Frédéric Migeot, Adam Aldridge, Pierre Constant and Xavier Lesenfans
Performed by Isola
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The Miracle Worker
24 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival. This was Belgium's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Grand Prix as the Jury Prize winner at the Cannes film Festival. Cyril Catoul (Thomas Doret) is living in a state run home and school for children after his single parent father Guy Catoul (Jérémie Renier) abandoned him. Cyril's father promised him that he wouldn't sell his beloved bike and when the father never returns to take him from the state care he sets out in search of his father and his bike. A kind single woman, Samantha, (Cécile De France) takes pity on him and tracks down the bicycle that his father had sold and buys it and returns it to Cyril. Samantha soon takes Cyril in to live with her part-time. Cyril is a very troubled young boy and is longing to belong and have a family. He has a temper and is a candidate for a troubled life. From writers/directors/producers the Dardenne brothers, this is a good story with fine acting. I'm sure for the role of Cyril, the directors instructed first time actor Doret, to act like a brat and be who he isn't. It worked well. De France is great as the strong and sympathetic Samantha. The story moves along well with a good score and nice editing. It's a little implausible at times and kind of far-fetched but it's a crowd pleaser and I would give it an 8.0 and recommend it.

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