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The Kid with a Bike (2011)

20 Mar

Filial duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have forged a steady career regaling the struggles of the Belgian underclass.  They are proponents of the plucky underdog, whether that be the desperate eponymous teenager striving for a better life in Rosetta (1999) or immigrant couple Sokol and Lorna in The Silence of Lorna (2008).  Their stories are always small in scale and the hopes and dreams of humanity lie at the centre of their narratives.  The sorry backdrop of industrial Wallonia often makes an appearance to emphasise the despair and degradation surrounding their players.  The Kid with a Bike is no different, focussing as it does on 12-year old Cyril (Thomas Doret), a young boy abandoned by his father at a local care home and apparently all alone in the world.

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