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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 hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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: 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 »
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Wes:May I call you Pitbull?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Just A Day In The LifeSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Kid With a Bike, 6 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

Cyril, a young boy of about 12, is abandoned by his deadbeat father in the care of some sort of group home. He obsessively tries to reunite with his father, and in the process, falls into the hands of a surrogate mother... and a rather shady surrogate father. The Dardennes aren't straying much from their established style, but there's no reason to. Again, we have a highly effective look at people in emotional crisis and in the grips of moral dilemmas. Throughout the film you're questioning your reactions to things (boy, that Cyril seems like an awful little monster at first) or asking "What would I do?" Again, the camera-work is immediate and unfettered by stylistic flourishes, putting you right inside the lives of these characters. Again, the performances are so natural they feel almost documentary. While I don't think Thomas Doret is as powerful a young actor as Emilie Dequenne in ROSETTA or other Dardenne leads, he does win you over after an unsympathetic start. The movie deals with several parallel themes, the most prominent being one of finding love and acceptance where you can, but it doesn't simply hammer on that one and leaves room for other avenues. I'm not sure yet if I would put this among the best of the Dardennes, but it made a strong first impression.

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