Le Gamin au vélo (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2011)

The Kid with a Bike


Lucía and Jun-Dai at home on 17 August 2013.

Haven’t seen a good, recent movie in a while. The Kid with a Bike starts out with very little context. We do get some questions answered, but most of the context remains missing. We can only guess at characters’ motives from how they behave in the film, as very little backstory is given. When we finally meet Cyril’s father, we learn that he does not want to see his son, but that seems clear from very early on in the film. Despite meeting him twice, we never really learn why he doesn’t want to see his son and we never learn what happened to Cyril’s mother or what Cyril’s life was like before going to the foster care center (though one bit of backstory is that Cyril’s father lied to him and told him that he’d only be there for a month). We also have no idea why Samantha takes to Cyril (though she literally falls for him in the estate clinic), but Cyril makes it fairly clear that her love for him must be unconditional.

This film taught me that Wallonians are fairly easy to knock unconscious.

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