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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.
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 hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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A future classic See more (54 total) »

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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Dardenne 
Luc Dardenne 
 
Writing credits
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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
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87 min
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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 »
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Wes:May I call you Pitbull?See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A future classic, 21 April 2012
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

"Not everyone can be an orphan." Andre Gide

A kid with only a bike and no mother or active father---now that's a setup for sentiment. Yet the Dardenne brothers have fashioned an unsentimental, realistic drama, The Kid with a Bike, about an 11 year old boy, Cyril (Thomas Doret), who is fortunately taken in by a guardian, town hairdresser Samantha (Cecile De France), but not without serious setbacks that are understandable given his unstable background.

The title evokes thoughts of the famous Italian neo-realist Bicycle Thief, in which a young boy is introduced to life's hard knocks through an imperfect father. In Kid, the father is a deadbeat deserter whose brief appearances are depressing because it's clear a reconnection with his son is not going to happen.

Cyril is running through most of the film, either by bike or foot, a motif signifying his desperate desire for a parent. However blood does not have to be in the loving equation as Samantha becomes a willing surrogate.

No surprise The Boy with the Bike won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes (2011) and the directors several times before in multiple categories. The humanity rather than the technicality dominates the emotionality; the two principal actors, Doret and De France, are incomparably natural and convincing. Make no mistake, this is a film about a boy, whose character arc the directors fully present. Whether or not he ends up for good through all the turmoil is the pleasure of watching this soon-to-be classic.

You may think again about leaving your child with only his bicycle.

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