THE KID WITH A BIKE [Le Gamin au Vélo]
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's latest film once again plumbs the lives of the young, vulnerable and dispossessed with uncommon sensitivity and moral rigor. Placed in a group home for children, peppery 11-year-old Cyril (non-pro Thomas Doret) promptly escapes, unwilling to accept that his deadbeat dad (former Dardenne discovery Jérémie Renier) has abandoned him. Rebuffed by his father, the distraught Cyril is taken in by concerned passerby Samantha (Cécile de France), who in time becomes his foster guardian. Samantha's good heart could make a world of difference in Cyril's life, but the troubled young boy still has demons to deal with. Grand Prize, 2011 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection, 2011 Karlovy Vary, Telluride, New York Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR/PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; PROD Denis Freyd. Belgium/France/Italy, 2011, color, 87 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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