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The Kid With a Bike (Le Gamin au Velo)

Rated PG-13 87 min. 2012

This is another well-made and moving film from the great Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, but this one also carries perhaps a few too many echoes of earlier efforts, especially The Son. The title character, Cyril, is an intense 11-year-old boy who has been abandoned by his father at an orphanage. Compounding the trauma, the boy's bike is missing, in a plot turn that recalls The Bicycle Thief. Cyril (played by newcomer Thomas Doret) is certain it's been stolen—he can't believe that his father would have sold it—and he keeps the orphanage staff busy trying to prevent his breakouts to search for the bike. Despite the working class milieu, the town of this film never feels quite real but like a movie set, and this may be by design. The film turns on Cyril's relationship with Samantha (Cécile de France), a fairly sentimentally conceived hairdresser in town who inexplicably agrees to foster him. Despite a somewhat unconvincing ending, the Dardennes show that their brand of realist filmmaking still has the power to transcend our normal awareness that we're just watching a movie.

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Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Writer: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Cast: Cécile De France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione and Egon Di Mateo

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