Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers (L'enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (newcomer Thomas Doret). When his father (Jeremie Renier) 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 (Cecile de France), 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year.Tom Charity, CNN.com, 01.07.2013
Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the saving of a life.Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, 03.16.2012
The Dardennes' latest is one of their best, a memorable cinematic portrait of troubled youth and soul-saving charity.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 03.22.2012
A wonderfully human and humane story about one of those lost-and-found children who tend to slip through society's not-so-safe safety nets.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 03.16.2012