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Plot: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. Runtime: 87 mins Release Date: 17 May 2011
One of the best movies in 2011 (by rightwingisevil)
what a great movie! this is also a living proof that how great the french people could make an ordinary story become a profound masterpiece. this is a movie with almost all good ingredients put together in such seamless texture: great screenplay, great cast, great actors, great director.... what an emotional ride, so profound and so engaging. now i know why France would have so many great writers and artists. this a near perfect motion picture. the kid, his biologic irresponsible father, a loving and care hair dresser, a cunning drug dealer, the french social workers, the victimized father <more>
and son later both turned out to be not as honest and sincere as the kid. if there's any award that is specialized just for an underage young actor, the kid who played the kid in this movie should get it.
There are enough other reviews on here that detail the plot of this superb movie about coping with abandonment - I would rather discuss feelings the story evoked for me. I was in foster care for most of my childhood and I could relate to this kid's feelings of looking for love and care. The stark choice this boy has between a caring loving mother figure and a dangerous older brother/father figure is a "dangerous corner" dilemma that young boys especially if they come from impoverished backgrounds often face. The love this special woman finds, the compassion and patience, for a <more>
difficult boy. The choices she makes to be compassionate and to be her own person when she breaks up with her boyfriend .This is the Darnennes best movie. Too often in other films especially Rosetta the characters are too unlikable and get wearisome. This film is about humane choices; sticking it out even and especially when it is difficult. The kid has a chance by the end of the movie that he doesn't have at the beginning.Jeremie Renier is one of my favorite actors. He plays Guy, the father, who is a coward and abandons his son - mostly I believe out of fear, both economic and emotional.Cecile de France is extraordinary. I've loved her in everything she has ever been in and she's especially poignant here. I don't mind the lack of backstory for her; it's HIS story.Thomas Doret is astonishing as the boy. He lacks a moral compass since that is something that is taught by parents. He starts to develop one and one hopes that he will grow to be a kinder more compassionate man due to the compassion given him by this wonderful woman.A+
What has settled with me after surviving this movie: (by VivienLancellotti)
This movie left me puzzled, bewildered, touched, and yet it was oddly refreshing, and real. The relationship between the caretaker and the boy was something beyond the tragedy of abandonment and the major downturns of being shunned, used, abused, helpless. It showed a mingling of extremes when, while scarred for life, one is presented with a glimpse of hope and a place and person to come home to. I am thankful that I was able to watch this - a showcase of humanity in its rawness, coldness, and multiplicity, including warmth and love.I have just arrived home straight after watching this, so am <more>
still a bit in shock, but here goes: A boy wakes up in a children's home and can think of nothing but finding his father, who has abandoned him and left the area. His only care is reuniting with him, and nothing detains him from his desperate search. In this, he stumbles onto a woman who cares enough to retrieve the bike that had belonged to him, and soon thereafter she kind-heartedly assumes the responsibility for him during the weekends, when he comes to her life, her home, and, despite the serious challenges that this presents, her heart. She helps him to locate and meet with his father and he receives the confirmation that he is not wanted in his life. This, however, does not convince him, and upon willingly intertwining himself in a dangerous and aggressive plot, he gets some money with which he believes he will finally win his father back. When his father rejects him yet again, the message comes home to him that his hope of having an active father in this man will never materialise and as he physically cycles his emotions and thoughts towards his caretaker's home, everything that then happens indicates that he has come to know that she is the person to whom he must ally, unite, and surrender. The film is laden with vivid imagery and some scenes of near-suspense and yet it is quite bare in terms of effects, with the exception of some camera plays and strategically repeated music placements which emphasise the momentous heartbeats of some key scenes. It really makes one thankful for one's luck, and appreciative of all we have received from the people in our lives who have been kind, loving, and, especially, there. It is also an illustration of great stoicism, both in the form of the disbelieving, anguishing boy and that of the present, unwavering caregiver. Chapeau!
The Dardennes score again! (by Rockwell_Cronenberg)
The Dardenne brothers L'Enfant, Lorna's Silence once again demonstrate their mastery for crafting character studies around broken souls trying to get by in France, with their newest film, The Kid With A Bike. The film opens with young Cyril Catoul Thomas Doret , trying to break free from an orphanage to see his father, while everyone around him is trying to explain that his father has left him there. It's a heartbreaking opening, immediately giving us a taste of the magnificent performance that Doret will continue to demonstrate over the course of the film. Cyril is desperate <more>
to escape their clutches and refuses to listen to their pleas for understanding. He's a rebellious young boy, unyielding in his cause and so sure that there must be some explanation; surely his father couldn't be that cruel. Of course the audience knows the revelation he is most likely going to receive.Soon he comes into the care of Samantha the always great Cecile De France , a hairdresser in the town nearby who runs into him by chance, and this is where the film really starts to succeed. The relationship at the core of the film isn't with Cyril and his father whom we do eventually meet , but instead with him and Samantha. Cyril spends his time pouting, rebelling and generally being your standard adolescent boy, while Samantha tries to become this mother never had. Cecile De France is an actress I'm always interested to watch, with her expressive face that she's put to great use in many films before this but never so well as she does here. Samantha's resilience towards Cyril's constant attempts to pull away make it clear that she must have come from a situation similar to his, and is fighting so fiercely to make sure he doesn't face the fate that she knows exists. In a town filled with troubled youths, Samantha fought her way out the other side and she wants to bring Cyril there with her. It's a very warming dynamic and the Dardennes really make you feel all of the highs and lows of it. This isn't your standard character study; you feel these characters like very few films can make you do.One of the most sensational aspects of the picture is the performance anchoring it all from Thomas Doret. Watching Doret, I couldn't help but be reminded of the young Jean-Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows. Cyril is a rebel in the purest form, broke down by the society he's been born into and constantly fighting back against the authority figures in his life. But unlike Leaud's Antoine Doinel, Cyril isn't looking for freedom here; he's looking for acceptance. Throughout the film Cyril is pulled in a multitude of directions, but the only one he wants to get pulled into is the arms of his father; and in the twisted harshness of life, that's the one direction that just pushes him away. Doret completely embodies this character, absent of any tick or fallacy that generally comes with a child actor. It's got to be the finest child performance put on screen in quite some time. The boy isn't some adorable little kid; he's a real person and sometimes he drives you insane, but you always end up rooting for him when it comes down to it. My heart sank in the moments with his father played well by Dardennes regular Jeremie Renier , warmed in the few bright spots in his life and when he was in danger I almost drew blood from digging my nails into my palm due to the tension.Along with the emotional journey that the Cyril/Samantha dynamic takes you on, the Dardennes also imbue the film with a dark fairy tale metaphor that I found added a great new layer to Cyril's story. Cyril spends the film wearing a variety of red tops, clearly representing our Riding Hood lost in the woods, and at a certain point he encounters our version of the Big Bad Wolf; a troubled youth who didn't have the luxury of a Samantha in his life. This Wolf is the counter to Samantha's mother figure and Cyril is a broken soul caught in a world where he could walk down the dark path of the drug dealers and thieves or into the light that Samantha tries to open up to him. It's a strikingly human story that keeps you on your toes and grasps your heart. I won't reveal the final path that Cyril ends up taking, but it kept me in tears for the final ten or fifteen minutes.
100 ways to get messed up in life and yes, love is the answer (by pattikawa)
If one word can describe the theme of this beautiful cinema, then it is love. I think you can call it a love story. No, not a romantic one, but an obsession to have someone that accept and love you, isn't is universal? And of you are a kid that love comes normally from your parents. If it isn't there, what you're going to do? Well, Cyril knows one thing. He must have it. Even when he cannot find his father, the only person who suppose to give him unconditional love, he keeps searching. Even when his father does not want to see him, he keeps coming and begging for his love. And one <more>
time, in one second that he could not go anywhere because people chasing him, he thought he had to cling to something, someone, and fast. In that second that he had to decide who is to be clung to among all people in the room, he clinged to Samantha. And boy, what a cling. That is the first encounter between the boy and the woman who loves him. Unconditionally. Well, I expect a melodrama after this, but it is far from that. The plot and the acting prevent any king of melodrama and kitsch. Anyway, Cyril encounters several paths that would almost ruin his life, or even take his life. This is told convincingly, thanks to excellent performance of this young actor. The final scene touched me the most when Cyril seemingly to decide to choose life because of love.
A Belgian take on a too-universal story (by jimcheva)
This film takes place in Europe Belgium, apparently so it has far less of the violence that would accompany the same story set in America. But otherwise the story is particularly painful to watch because the essential elements - a kid without a father, his self-hate and anger, the substitute father figures laying in wait - are directly relevant to the American context. In a lean, tough story, the film takes us through a broad tour of the issues and risks and even reasons for hope in these situations. Young Thomas Doret fiercely embodies the aching and the rage of a boy who wants a father at <more>