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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

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

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

Guy Catoul: It's too much. I can't look after him.
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Just A Day In The Life
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Remarkable movie dealing desperation, depression and unfairness of the life.
9 July 2012 | by saadgkhanSee all my reviews

Le gamin au vélo – The Kid with a Bike – CATCH IT (A) Le gamin au vélo is a heartwarming French movie from duo directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne. The movie revolves around a12 year old kid abandoned by his father, giving to orphanage trying hard to first find his father and then dealing with his rejection. During this time he bonds an unusual friendship with his town's hairdresser, who offers to foster him during weekend. The Kid with a Bike deals with the desperation, depression and unfairness of the life. The movie brings out strong emotions out of its lead characters. They are trapped and miserable in front of life, whether it's the young abandoned kid, or insolvent father or a hairdresser who agrees to foster a ragging child in random act of kindness. Thomas Doret as Cyril delivered one of the remarkable performances ever by a child star. There is this rebelliousness, edginess, depression, frustration to his performance which we see rarely in child stars. I don't think anyone has words to describe his performance, it was totally remarkable. Cécile De France, the High Tension Alum for most of the world is great and shows the softer side to her relatively strong structure. The bonding between Thomas Doret and Cécile De France is something completely magnificent to watch. Jérémie Renier as insolvent father is good. On the whole, Le gamin au vélo is one of the most heartwarming and remarkable piece of writing and direction I have seen in recent years. It clearly shows that there is still humanity in the world and there are still people like Samantha who would do anything in random act of kindness. Highly recommended.


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