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THE KID WITH A BIKE – Thu 13 December, 8pm

By January 9, 2011August 31st, 2015archive, Season 7 Films

The Kid With A Bike  | Le gamin au vélo

Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne  | Belgium | 2011  | 87 mins | Cert: 12A

Starring: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Language: French   

Kid With A Bike, The 4Eleven year-old Cyril (Doret) tries to find his father, who has abandoned him to a care home, and retrieve his precious bicycle. During the search he clings to hairdresser Samantha (de France) who agrees to foster him at weekends. Yet Cyril won’t give up on his father. Or trouble.  In outline it sounds trite — a disenfranchised kid is turned around by a kindly stranger — but the Dardennes’ make it so much more. Raw but compassionate, naturalistic but compelling. If you’re looking to get into the Dardennes, this is a great place to start. – Empire Magazine

Golden Globe nominee – Best Foreign Language Film

Read The Irish Times review. ****

Read The Guardian review. ****