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The Kid with a Bike (2011)

Le gamin au vélo (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 18 May 2011 (Belgium)
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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.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Doret ... Cyril
Cécile de France ... Samantha (as Cécile De France)
Jérémie Renier ... Guy Catoul
Fabrizio Rongione ... Le libraire
Egon Di Mateo Egon Di Mateo ... Wes
Olivier Gourmet ... Avec la participation de
Baptiste Sornin Baptiste Sornin ... Éducateur 1
Samuel De Ryck Samuel De Ryck ... Éducateur 2 (as Samuel De Rijk)
Carl Jadot Carl Jadot ... Instituteur
Claudy Delfosse Claudy Delfosse ... Homme gare de bus
Jean-Michel Balthazar ... Voisin Val Polet
Frédéric Dussenne Frédéric Dussenne ... Concierge
Myriem Akheddiou ... L'assistante médicale
Sandra Raco Sandra Raco ... Éducatrice
Hicham Slaoui Hicham Slaoui ... Directeur
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Storyline

At about 11, the stubborn and impulsive Cyril seems on his way to delinquency: he has no mother, his father wants a new life without him, so he's in a foster institution. He searches for his father, wanting him and his bike. Through the intersession of Samantha, a hairdresser Cyril happens upon, he gets his bike back, and she offers to take him into her home on weekends. He remains aloof from her and gets involved with a young crook. Is Cyril intent on driving Samantha away - and what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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boy | tears | crying | chase | cafe | See All (162) »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #646. See more »

Goofs

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?
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio un poco mosso
from Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Alfred Brendel and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Bernard Haitink
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the kid in red
12 January 2012 | by thegodfathersagaSee all my reviews

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.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Belgium | France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 2011 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,933, 18 March 2012

Gross USA:

$1,470,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,011,798
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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