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The Kid with a Bike -- Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In an act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.
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Release Date:
18 May 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Parenting: No License Necessary See more (55 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Dardenne 
Luc Dardenne 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Dardenne 
Luc Dardenne 

Produced by
Jean-Pierre Dardenne .... producer
Luc Dardenne .... producer
Denis Freyd .... producer
Stefano Massenzi .... associate producer
Bernadette Meunier .... associate producer
André Michotte .... associate producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... co-producer
Delphine Tomson .... executive producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Alain Marcoen 
 
Costume Design by
Maïra Ramedhan Levi  (as Maira Ramedhan Lévy)
 
Makeup Department
Nathalie Tabareau .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Thomas Alfandari .... production manager
Philippe Groff .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Dardenne .... third assistant director
Jean-François Ravagnan .... second assistant director
Caroline Tambour .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jérôme Chenevoy .... boom operator
Benoit De Clerck .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound recordist
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Valène Leroy .... sound editor
Héléna Réveillère .... sound recordist
Thibaut Vandermeerch .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Renaud Anciaux .... key grip
Antoine Bellem .... electrician
Agathe Corniquet .... additional electrician
Tanguy Delhez .... gaffer
Jean Christophe Delinaoumis .... additional grip
Olivier Dirksen .... additional electrician
Amaury Duquenne .... assistant camera
Tristan Galand .... additional electrician
Nicolas Lemoine .... grip
Guenael Pinson .... additional grip
Jean Volont .... additional grip
 
Editorial Department
Raphaëlle Dufosset .... digital film colorist: dailies, Eclair
Tristan Meunier .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Marika Piedboeuf .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le gamin au vélo" - Belgium (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, brief language and smoking
Runtime:
87 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Based on the idea of a film about "a woman who helps a boy emerge from the violence that holds him prisoner" by Dardenne Brothers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After meeting Cyril's dad at the restaurant, Samantha and Cyril get in a car with horizontal AC vents. They get out of the car to meet him again. This time they get back in a car with AC vents circular in shape.See more »
Quotes:
Guy Catoul:It's too much. I can't look after him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Gears of War 3 (2011) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Adagio un poco mossoSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Parenting: No License Necessary, 8 April 2012
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. When Guy (Jeremie Renier) states that he can't take care of his son Cyril (Thomas Douret) right now, I felt a rush of anger and disgust. Imagine if you were his 11 year old son hearing those words. Young kids should be able to count on their parents for emotional security above all else. There should be no fear of abandonment ... those are issues no child should be forced to deal with (barring a natural disaster).

The Belgium writer/director team of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have a history of taking on parenthood and childhood in a head-on manner. Cyril is dumped in an orphanage by his dad, and is convinced that he is just misplaced, not abandoned. So being the fiercely determined kid he is, he re-traces his steps from coffee shops to bars to their old apartment. Cyril is convinced his dad never would have sold his treasured bicycle, no matter how desperate for money he was.

Whatever confusion and hostility that you think Cyril might experience, once he confronts his dad, the filmmakers display it in the rawest possible form. Cyril is a symbol of need, hiding behind a wall of rebellion. A chance encounter with Samantha (Cecile de France) leads to weekend visitations and the start of an awkward quasi-family life for both of them. Cyril tests Samantha and all other authority figures in every possible manner, often to the breaking point.

As a parent, it's easy to spot the vulnerabilities that a child faces before they have the maturity to handle it. We see how easily Cyril falls in with the wrong crowd and how quickly things can get really bad. Luckily for Cyril, Samantha doesn't abandon him. She answers "I don't know" to his question of why she let him stay with her. Although, the filmmakers never let us in on her deepest thoughts, we suspect she was once not all so different than Cyril, and someone stepped up for her.

This film won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2011 and it's easy to see how. It shows how difficult and messy ordinary life can be, but how often things turn out OK, though rarely perfect. Film lovers will recognize Cecile de France from her many films, including the recent Hereafter and the excellent Mesrine.

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