The Kid with a Bike - Movie Synopsis & Plot
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.
The Kid with a Bike marks the third Dardenne brothers film I've had the pleasure of seeing after Lorna's Silence and the incredible L'enfant. While not as emotionally hard hitting as that film, The Kid with a Bike is a simple tale filled with a very complex moral landscape.
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