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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:

The Kid with a Bike See more »

Filming Locations:

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

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

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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Parenting: No License Necessary
8 April 2012 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. When Guy (Jeremie Renier) states that he can't take care of his son Cyril (Thomas Douret) right now, I felt a rush of anger and disgust. Imagine if you were his 11 year old son hearing those words. Young kids should be able to count on their parents for emotional security above all else. There should be no fear of abandonment ... those are issues no child should be forced to deal with (barring a natural disaster).

The Belgium writer/director team of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have a history of taking on parenthood and childhood in a head-on manner. Cyril is dumped in an orphanage by his dad, and is convinced that he is just misplaced, not abandoned. So being the fiercely determined kid he is, he re-traces his steps from coffee shops to bars to their old apartment. Cyril is convinced his dad never would have sold his treasured bicycle, no matter how desperate for money he was.

Whatever confusion and hostility that you think Cyril might experience, once he confronts his dad, the filmmakers display it in the rawest possible form. Cyril is a symbol of need, hiding behind a wall of rebellion. A chance encounter with Samantha (Cecile de France) leads to weekend visitations and the start of an awkward quasi-family life for both of them. Cyril tests Samantha and all other authority figures in every possible manner, often to the breaking point.

As a parent, it's easy to spot the vulnerabilities that a child faces before they have the maturity to handle it. We see how easily Cyril falls in with the wrong crowd and how quickly things can get really bad. Luckily for Cyril, Samantha doesn't abandon him. She answers "I don't know" to his question of why she let him stay with her. Although, the filmmakers never let us in on her deepest thoughts, we suspect she was once not all so different than Cyril, and someone stepped up for her.

This film won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2011 and it's easy to see how. It shows how difficult and messy ordinary life can be, but how often things turn out OK, though rarely perfect. Film lovers will recognize Cecile de France from her many films, including the recent Hereafter and the excellent Mesrine.


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