Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage. –Cannes Film Festival
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.
In 1978 they shot their first documentary, Le chant du rossignol, about the resistance against the Nazis during the second world war in Belgium. In 1986 they shot their first fiction movie, Falsch, about a Jewish family massacred by the Nazis. After their second movie, Je pense a vous, they released La Promesse, a movie about inmigration in Belgium. The film was a success worldwide winning awards in many festivals.
In 1999 they had another hit with Rosetta, that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival. The movie tells the story of a blue collar worker with an alcoholic mother who tries to have a better life in a small belgium city.
In 2002, they came back to Cannes with their… read more
Characterizing themselves as “one person with four eyes,” Belgian filmmaker Luc Dardenne and his older brother Jean-Pierre rose to the forefront of international art cinema in the 1990s with such uncompromising, socially aware dramas as La Promesse (1996) and Rosetta (1999), depicting life in Belgium’s depressed industrial region near Liège on the Meuse River.
Born in Awirs, Dardenne grew up in a middle-class family in the working-class steel town Seraing. With schools closed during strikes, Dardenne was exposed to the upheavals of the 1960s labor movement during his formative years. While still in school, Dardenne frequently visited his older sibling in Brussels, where Jean-Pierre was studying acting under playwright Armand Gatti. Gatti, who often used nonprofessional actors, invited Luc to join his acting troupe. Though he got his degree in philosophy in the early ’70s, Luc was inspired by his time with Gatti to explore the creative and political possibilities of film and video… read more
An ineffectual father abandons his son to a care home and runs off to work as a chef. The boy is sure his father really wants him back and searches for his treasured bike as symbol of his loss. He is found by a rather wonderful young hairdresser who tussles with him and his damaged psyche through lying, drug dealers and wild escapes. She remains unperturbed and sticks with Cyril through thick and thin.
“Our film of 2011 is The Tree of Life (by a country mile).”
Lars von Trier’s Melancholia leads with eight.
Young Thomas “doesn’t deserve an Oscar so much as an Olympic medal for what the Dardennes put him through.”
A look at the posters for the films in the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival.
Films by big names (the Dardennes, Terence Davies, Chantal Akerman) and an impressive debut by Santiago Mitre.
Updated through 5/23. The Jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Robert De Niro, and further comprised of Martina Gusman
The end of the world will be beautiful, or so says the Polish poster for Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, quite fittingly on the eve of
Now released in the US; read our review from Cannes, where it won the Grand Jury Prize.
Updated through 5/21. "As movie titles go, The Kid with a Bike could hardly be more direct and explicative in its unadorned simplicity," writes
Updated through 5/11. Along with the trailer for Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives, another's just appeared for Kim Ki-duk's Arirang. Both
The Kid with a Bike
I don’t think I have understood a movie character’s amorality more than I have here. This child has a look of loss in his eyes and failure to understand it. The Dardenne’s… read review
English Title: The Kid with a Bike
Original Title: La gamin au vélo
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Jean-Pierre Dardenne… read review
truly gripping and emotionally engaging at every turn, the Dardenne brothers latest follows a troubled boy in a non-descript French suburb, abandoned by his father, bouncing between those who want… read review