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The Kid with a Bike (2011)

Le gamin au vélo (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 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

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 Jean-Michel Balthazar ... Voisin Val Polet
Frédéric Dussenne Frédéric Dussenne ... Concierge
Myriem Akheddiou 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Belgium | France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 2011 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,933, 18 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,384,749, 10 June 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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

When the hairdresser is leaving the orphanage after she returned Cyrill's bike the car she is 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 »

Quotes

Guy Catoul: It's too much. I can't look after him.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

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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
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The limits of kindness? Perhaps none. A limited but very touching film.
11 December 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Kid with a Bike (2011)

A troubled boy finds an informal foster mom who tries her best to keep in line. That's the story and in way that's the whole depth of the story. The details—his rebellion, his responding to love, his being suckered by a drug dealer—are expected and interesting and beautifully told. The story has a slightly polished realism to separate it from its forebear, the great classic "The Bicycle Thief," and there might be a slight gap in motivations to explain, but in general you get sucked into this situation and the awkward relationship between the two. It is a tale appreciated in its siimple telling.

I had a foster child for a couple of years at an age close to this boy's, and there is a lot here that makes vivid sense. The woman, perhaps too lovely for normal realism (played by Cecile De France), is nevertheless sincere and quite smart in her mothering skills. She gets the boy to live with her almost by chance, and follows that chance, and learns to give him some rope and to also reign him in by example and through compassion.

But even this isn't enough. That's one of the terrifying truths of being a foster parent (or any parent)—you can only do your best. Some of the result is a product of luck, or personality, or some course of outside events that you don't predict (even if later you can say you saw them coming). All of this is included here, well done, with a kind of filmic modesty.

The one bit of high drama comes down to the child pushing his limits when he gets into a criminal plan, and the results of that, which leads to a bit of small time revenge that goes wrong. The boy is now beyond his own limits and is literally stunned. By the last scene, you ought to be heartbroken but also really hopeful. The message finally is that kids are really resilient, and you have to keep opening the right doors for them and let them make good choices.

This film lets us do that.


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