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The Kid With A Bike [DVD]

Thomas Doret , Cécile De France , Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jérémie Renier
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ISZRBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,300 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Something very special indeed Time Out

The Dardennes create tension out of human drama and draw believable, excellent performances from their entire cast.

Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children s home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.

This affecting and gripping drama is one of the finest films from the directors of The Child , Rosetta & The Silence of Lorna .

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Dardennes create tension out of human drama and draw believable, excellent performances from their entire cast. Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children's home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn't recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage. This affecting and gripping drama is one of the finest films from the directors of 'The Child', 'Rosetta' & 'The Silence of Lorna'. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, European Film Awards, Golden Globes, ...The Kid with a Bike (2011) ( Le gamin au vélo (Il ragazzo con la bicicletta) ) ( Boy with a Bike )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belgian Indie Drama with heart 14 May 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Released in Belgium as `Le gamin au velo' in 2011 this is the story of Cyril played by Thomas Doret. He is an 11 year old child whose father has sent him to a children's home for a while until he gets sorted. Meanwhile his father has stopped using his phones so his son cant even contact him and Cyril gets completely over wrought and escapes in order to track down his papa.

He also wants his beloved bike back, but soon finds out that papa has done a moonlight flit. Then by accident he runs into Samantha, a local hairdresser with a heart of gold. She starts to help him and soon a relationship forms, but hanging around his fathers old haunts puts him at the mercy of some of the local ne'er do wells and things are going to happen.

This is one of those small independent films that some avoid like a rabid pooch and others embrace like a fluffy kitten. I am in the middle and actually really appreciated this effort; the fabulously named Cecile de France is superb as the caring Samantha. I really could not have done what she did for this quite unruly child. Thomas Doret is also brilliant as the irascible little tyke. Some will have issues with the ending which can be seen as `too easy' but it also avoids the rather unwelcoming pit that is over sentimentality. This then is for fans of World and especially Gallic cinema who like to think about their films and not just let them wash over you, so if that floats your `bateau' then this should be right up your `rue'. Apologies for my appalling French.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ASTOUNDING 20 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A simple story, a simple idea, a simple film by all means, but one of the best french features I have seen lately and have even invested the money to own the blu-ray (reserved only for special titles :P)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Intimate (And Powerful) Dardennes Drama 10 Jun 2013
By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This 2011 drama by the Belgian (joint producing and directing) Dardennes brothers is another in their by now familiar vein of urban, (largely) domestic, low-key dramas, each typically addressing one or more modern (Western) social issue(s). What is (for me) most amazing about their films (and this equally applies to The Kid With A Bike) is that, given that this milieu is so well trodden, they manage to continue to produce such interesting and engaging tales of everyday life.

Here, 12-year old boy Cyril (Thomas Doret) has been abandoned by lone father Guy (played with typical assurance by Dardennes-regular Jeremie Renier) and taken under the wing of kind-hearted hairdresser, Samantha (Cécil De France), who takes Cyril into her home for weekends to relieve him of the relative isolation of his 'youth camp' home, which he inhabits for the rest of the week. What follows is a small-scale, intimate story of Cyril's obsession to be reunited with his father, before he succumbs to the influence (and relative security) of local gang leader Wes (Egon Di Mateo). These masterful Belgian film-makers have an amazing ability to tell their stories from the viewpoint of ordinary, disadvantaged members of society and here it's as if we are inhabiting the mind of Cyril (an amazingly vibrant and spontaneous performance from Doret), thereby experiencing first-hand his frustrations of family breakdown, foster parenting and gang culture (the wider social issues the film is addressing). This story happens to be taking place on a Belgian housing estate, but could be set in any modern urban environment. The film's relatively fast pace is also maintained by the film-makers trademark hand-held camera, which frequently follows Cyril racing around the streets on his treasured bike of the title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 Mar 2013
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Great story, good acting and very engaging. I was sad when it ended. And I was able to practice my French comprehension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Child Redeemed 18 Mar 2013
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A moving portrait of a very unhappy child brilliantly and energetically played by the unknown actor, Thomas Doret.
Cecile de France is a most sympathetic actor and a pleasure to watch. Indeed there is no tendency to portray any of the care workers as unpleasant, in spite of the very difficult and provocative behaviour of Cyril. His father was also not totally unpleasant although his attitude to Cyril was hard to accept. One could understand his unfortunate circumstances.
A feel-good film which made it charming and 'sympathique'. Well worth watching. Another success for Dardenne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skillfully wrought compassionate fable 30 Dec 2012
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Dardennes brothers have evolved their own inimitable style,using non-acting locals in stories set in depressed, working-class,areas of Liege.Preferring to keep the freedom to make their harsh stories about working-class lives, keeping their endeavours low-cost.They made a series of films with basic titles like The Promise, The Son and The Child.Themes are of children,parents,trust,love,failures of relationship between fathers and children.The Dardennes have a special gift in putting themselves in the child's orbit,getting into the slipstream of the child's energy(cf.Rosetta) or forward momentum as they do in The Kid with a Bike.They bring a documentary realism to their approach to film-making. Newcomer Thomas Doret gives a very good performance as Cyril, an 11-year-old in care who is obsessed with the idea that his errant dad Guy (Jérémie Renier) is keeping his bike for him, and still wants to be with him.The cruelty of this illusion and his attempts to find both his bike and his father (we get the image of the closed door,his attempts to break down the barriers between himself and his dad)makes him run in circles, lost, abandonned and unwanted.He forgives and excuses his father's actions,hoping his father will came back to him.

Cecille de France(Samantha),a hairdresser, through a chance meeting with Cyril,like a fairy god-mother,adopts him. Her altruism knows no bounds,she gives up her boyfriend,pays his criminal fines,puts up with his feral anger(`the pitbull'),fights off false father figures,lets him live with her.We know nothing about her background and motivation.Cyril doesn't recognise Samantha's love but he needs it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect
Published 13 days ago by carospen
1.0 out of 5 stars An unpleasant watch
I've seen two other films by the Dardenne brothers and I found this was much worse than the others partly because the central character was unpleasant to watch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mysterioustraveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak, Compassion, Forgiveness
I have yet to see a French film without superb acting, script and direction.

Centered on the tragic heartbreak of a son unwanted by his father and the inspiring... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Morticia Crone
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film
Thomas Doret and Cecil deFrance bring out the best in this story, something Hollywood can't do with millions of dollars.
Published 6 months ago by Allan Feltham
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
One of my favourite films of 2012, and one of the best films about kids I have ever seen - very true to life. Beautiful story-telling and acting.
Published 6 months ago by doctor T
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing !
So looking forward to this dvd. Unfortunateloy it is a meandering film which did not hold my interest. Lent it to a friend who felt the same way
Published 15 months ago by Brian Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good viewing
Enjoyed this film - it has english subtitiles if you struggle with the french. Sad story with a good ending.
Published 16 months ago by Beatrix Potter
1.0 out of 5 stars And??????
A vacuous piece of sentimentality which goes no where and leaves you with a puzzled look. I filed it along with pictures of children with a tear in the corner of their eye's.
Published 16 months ago by A. C. Parkin
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