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Heartbreaking Look at What Makes a Family,
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This review is from: The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)The Kid with a Bike is a heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting film from directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The film centers on Cyril, a young boy who lives in a group home. Cyril and his bicycle travel through three competing definitions of family as the boy searches for a working definition of family. Cyril and his bike travel between a deadbeat father, Suzanne--a loving foster mother, and a petty thug.
The plot unfolds with Cyril unable to psychologically cope with abandonment and the love offered by his foster family. This mental crisis is brilliantly played and gut-wrenching to watch. The most emotionally devastating moment of the film is the slow dawning realization of Cyril's total abandonment by his biological father. These scenes are truly powerful.
The Dardenne directors use a conscious minimalism for the film. The adult characters are only sparingly developed, there are only brief instances of music. It creates the feeling that we are experiencing the world through Cyril's understanding.
The Criterion Collection edition features:
---New 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
---New conversation between film critic Kent Jones and directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
---Interview with actor Cécile de France
---New interview with actor Thomas Doret
---Return to Seraing, a half-hour documentary in which the Dardennes revisit five locations from the film
---PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew