Angsty 11-year-old Cyril refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father. Although he spends his days desperately searching for him, the patience and compassion of a stranger who agrees to care for him offers the boy a chance to move on.
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Dardenne films have a distinctive rhythm; although they convey the feeling of real life, they are tightly edited and exciting dramas, where not a single second of screen time is wasted and every scene has a purpose.
The Dardennes finally afford huge dignity and strength to Cyril. They also leave us with a big-hearted film far more complex than its brisk simplicity may at first suggest. You think you know what you’re getting with a Dardennes film – and then they give you a whole lot more.