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The Kid with a Bike

  • Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Running Time: 87 min

When his father abandons him, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle—after all, his father must have cared about him enough not to sell that off, he reasons. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser, a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her—though she refuses to give up without a fight. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, The Kid With A Bike is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good. (Sundance Selects)

"A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Working on a scale that's minuscule by studio standards, the Dardenne brothers have made yet another movie that does what Hollywood used to do - keep us rapt, and leave us grateful."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The second half of The Kid With A Bike diverges so much from the first that they seem like two different movies - the first a drama about an orphan's search for home, the second a moral thriller about the terrible things all people, no matter their social station, are willing to do in the interest of self-preservation. Both sections are riveting in their own way, and punctuated by startling shocks and bursts of emotion."
- Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club
"How the Dardennes, time and again, turn gritty, mundane subjects into transcendent moments of honesty and truth is one of the great cinematic wonders."
- Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle