The Kid with a Bike

[12a]

France 2012, 88 mins
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Jeremie Renier, Thomas Doret, Cecile De France

The Dardenne brothers (L'ENFANT, THE SILENCE OF LORNA) return with this Cannes Film Festival favourite, about an abandoned young boy who is taken under the kind wing of a local hairdresser.

Eleven-year-old Cyril (brilliant newcomer Doret), the eponymous pup, is a quiet child left to fend for himself in a state-run children's home after his father skips town. Fate aligns his cheerless path with Samantha (De France, HEREAFTER), who selflessly agrees to look after Cyril on weekends.

THE KID WITH A BIKE revels in the high drama of everyday life and is truly awe-inspiring in its sincerity and simplicity. Another joyous masterstroke from the auteur siblings.

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