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The Kid with a Bike (2011) More at IMDbPro »Le gamin au vélo (original title)

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The Kid with a Bike -- When Cyril's father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, he obsessively searches for his bicycle - placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France - Clint Eastwood's HEREAFTER), who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him.
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.
The Kid with a Bike -- A 9 year-old girl tells the tale about how her family and village came back from near starvation after their fishing village adopted sustainable fishing practices.

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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Love & Affection breaking the (bi)cycle of Violence & Despair See more (57 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
 
Art Department
Gaëlle Ruwet .... assistant art 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
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:
Wes:May I call you Pitbull?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Resident Evil (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Adagio un poco mossoSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Love & Affection breaking the (bi)cycle of Violence & Despair, 31 March 2012
Author: polar24 from Australia

A beautiful film. One that pulls you in by the honest and genuine storytelling told in the Dardenne brothers' trademark naturalistic and guileless tone that is refreshing and sorely missed in today's too often rambunctious style of movies.

The story is simple and organic, the kid initially breaking out of foster care to find his father, and his bike both of which give him some identity and purpose in the world. He befriends several characters along the way (and in the Dardennes films, the characters are few, but all play vital roles) including the benevolent Samantha (whom I thought was very sweet but perhaps too pretty - and talented - to play a working- class hairdresser). Some characters are good (Samantha), some not so (Wes) and some have their own agendas to make a living.

In this way, the film is not unlike (and I quote the Dardennes) a fairytale - the boy (hero) on quest in the wide world which various characters and dangers lurking, yet set in this ultra realistic (read social-realist) setting.

The style of film-making here is pure and simple in that social-realist style, simply presenting characters who live on the fringe of society; who live in poor social economic conditions or don't have the opportunity of good schooling or the genuine love of a mother or father. As a result it is perhaps a little easier to understand why Cyril acts the way he does, rebelling against society, trying to find his place in the world. As you watch perhaps keep in mind what you might do to make ends meet.

The kid is astounding in a first-time performance, he conveys so much frustration, anger, pathos, regret with just glances and looks, most of the screen time without dialogue. Just watch the sequences when he is cycling on his bike, utterly free, chasing (or escaping) his life as the master of his own destiny.

This is a very simple & heartfelt tale, it tells the story as it is with no artifice, shot in the gorgeous dappled sunlight of a Belgian summer. It is not as hard-hitting and gritty as other of the Dardennes' films, such as emotional sledgehammers like Rosetta, Le Fils & L'Infant, but, it is still very good.

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