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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Thomas Doret
Cécile De France
Jérémie Reiner
Directors
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Screenwriters
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Running Time
87 minutes

The Kid With A Bike
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The Kid With A Bike

Plot
Eleven 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.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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