Top positive review
on 5 August 2015
There should be no spoilers in this review.
After seeing a trailer for the film and being a fan of Cécile de France I knew this was a film I wanted to see. It isn’t for nothing that directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are regarded so highly, and with the excellent Cécile de France playing one of the central characters in The Kid With A Bike, I thought I should be in for a very good film.
Although I would say that this is not a faultless piece of cinema and I can understand why some have called it overly sentimental etc, but if one can accept a certain amount of poetic licence, then this I would say is a remarkable film.
Thomas Doret who plays Cyril– the Kid of the title, gives a remarkable performance. It is a physical role as well as an emotional one, but Thomas Doret delivers both very convincingly. Cécile de France is also superb. In the Extra Features on the DVD she gives us some interesting information, she talks of her parents and the work they did when she was young, and of the rehearsals for the film – I don’t wish to give any spoilers for the film or for the extra features, but the interview with Cecile de France I would say is well worth a look.
We are not given any background history as to why characters behave in the way that they do, and their actions may seem implausible at times, but in the real world, implausible things do happen. The Dardenne brothers give us a very realistic looking film here – if you looked at any scene in the film you might well think that you were looking at documentary footage, and it is easy to see why it was given such high praise at Cannes in 2011 where it won the Grand Prix.
Realistic, good story, superb acting, directing and music, this is a film I know I will be watching again.
On the DVD you get:
The Kid With A Bike (1 hour 23 minutes)
Featurette – Return to Seraing with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (32 minutes)
Trailer (2 minutes)
Interview with Cécile de France (18 minutes)
The Kid With A Bike and the Extra Features have optional English subtitles (with the exception of the Trailer which has embedded English subtitles).