IMDb > The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Le gamin au vélo
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

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

Photos (See all 12 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
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.

Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   16,793 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for The Kid with a Bike on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
18 May 2011 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
the kid in red See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le gamin au vélo" - Belgium (original title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, brief language and smoking
Runtime:
87 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 Assassin's Creed (2007) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just A Day In The LifeSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
the kid in red, 12 January 2012

without any introductions, the film gets down to the story. a kid on the phone is all but accepting to hear that the number he dialed is out of service. a precisely fluid social humanist film about a 11 year old kid and his relentless quests to go all the way to, against everybody's wishes, find a parent that wants nothing to do with him. basing his stance on the argument that his father would never leave without leaving him his bike.

once retrieved, the bike serves as the catalyst that allows the kid to advance, more in a figurative sense; we see him fight and bite for it. the last relic of a family life to him.

the kid in red is a lot of things: determined with rage and astounding obstinacy, always on the move, has nothing to lose so he goes to the limits. at one point, he nervously plays with a faucet as to not lose face in front of such injustice. but in his misfortune, Samantha, an adult portraying a kind stranger and genuine goodness, generosity and warmth, takes care of him. being emotionally distant, the kid rejects her at first and goes on exploring until he finally finds himself in his most despairing moment.. the kid remains a very interesting character to me, he is easy to deceive, capable of violence, but only because he is affectionate at heart and more honest than the people he deals with. which resonates with me as the film is able to kindle bits of memories of the audience.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (55 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Falling from tree! rzn2006
Unrealistic KolaDude
Bike Symbolism bdem
Here are my thoughts on the woman tiredofdogs
Chapeau rolandrozen
THE KID WITH A BIKE barrywood
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Barbarian Invasions I Vitelloni L'enfant Our Father The Son
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb Belgium section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.