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“The Kid With a Bike is near perfect”
Combining minimalist style and maximal emotional power in the best Dardennes fashion, The Kid With a Bike, their latest, follows the developing relationship between Cyril (Thomas Doret), a wilful, intense 11-year-old boy abandoned by his single father (Dardennes regular Jérémie Renier), and Samantha (Cécile de France), a young hairdresser who begins foster-parenting him on weekends”. “The Dardenne brothers may be the most consistently high-achieving filmmakers of our time — the kings, if you will, of poetic neorealism.
“The raw, realist dramas of Belgian masters Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne — two-time winners of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, for 1999’s Rosetta and 2005’s L’enfant — evoke the uncompromising films of Robert Bresson, and have placed the brothers at the forefront of contemporary world cinema. Like all their films, The Kid With a Bike is near perfect” (Nick James, Sight and Sound). “A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption … One thing that makes the Dardennes’ work so vibrant, at once new and seemingly timeless, is that they ask the most urgent questions we can ask of ourselves — including, what is it to be human — and in nondoctrinaire, nonproscriptive terms” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times). Colour, Blu-ray Disc, in French with English subtitles. 87 mins.
The film received near universal acclaim. It scored a 96% “Certified Fresh” approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the film review aggregate site described the critical consensus that the film “is a heart-wrenching, thematically and spiritually rich drama.”
May 19- 6:30 pm at Pacific Cinematheque