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The Kid with a Bike(Le Gamin au vélo)

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Belgium, France, Italy · 2011
Rated PG-13 · 1h 27m
Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring Cécile de France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione
Genre Drama

Twelve-year-old Cyril has been abandoned by his father, Guy, and left in a children’s home. As a consequence, Cyril has also lost his bike, which he left in his father’s apartment. As he searches for them both, he enlists the aid of Samantha, who owns a local beauty shop.

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The breakout here is 13-year-old Doret, the Dardennes' latest stunningly naturalistic, non-professional acting discovery.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

The real reason to see The Kid with a Bike is that it offers something changelessly rare and difficult: a credible portrait of goodness. [19 March 2012, p.90]


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

Despite the simplicity of the brothers' technique, The Kid With a Bike has deep religious underpinnings, a relentless drive toward the mythos of death and resurrection. The film is not just in the tradition of Pinocchio and A.I.: It is a worthy successor.


Boxoffice Magazine by Richard Mowe

It is the boy's tough exterior and lack of self-pity that binds the narrative together, making this one of the Dardennes' most appealing undertakings.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Steven Rea

It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.

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