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(Le Gamin au Vélo | 2011 | Belgium) dir Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne w/Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jérémie Renier [87 min]
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 (Doret). When his father (Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle – placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (de France). 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.
“Magnificent. One of the most compelling spectacles you’ll see this year.” – Gavin Smith, Film Comment