Incredibly heartbreaking film about a young boy who is just seeking love and validation. Probably the wrong film to watch on Father's Day, but I was amazed at how much I cared for the child's plight, and how ruthless the world was to him. A true masterpiece.
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.
The places where this child goes are so deep, so dark, and so fully realized. One can only hope that he is just so talented and playful an actor, and has never had nor never will have to experience these emotions firsthand. And Cecile de France goes right there with him.
What a mix of feelings. At the beginning, I was like ''I want to give him some slaps''. At the end, I wanted to hug him. Annoying kids who can be quiet and lovely.
After the lesser Lorna's Silence, the Dardennes come back into full-form with a film that is very similar to Rosetta: a tale about the difficulties of coming of age. Simple yet incredibly powerful, another masterpiece. Also, the Dardennes are by now the untouchable masters of handheld camera.
A beautiful character portrait that is unsparing and often uncomfortable, but ultimately uplifting without resorting to sentimentality. Think The 400 Blows combined with Bicycle Thieves and a touch of Bresson. The Dardennes' intelligent and expressive use of handheld camera work is also a notable asset, putting to shame the lazy shaky style that's fashionable in recent Hollywood movies.