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.
What a film this was - Brilliantly acted and neatly shot while it deals with a boy's slice of life (his father's rejecting & the bicycle, his feelings about life & the hairdresser, etc.). Those Dardenne brothers know how to shoot a film with true feeling. Left impressed & melancholic by the film's tone, nothing more I can say but a modern masterpiece of a boy's life and self-control is the answer to our problems.
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.
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.
Oh the childhood memories. The bikes. The free-runs, the soccer matches...all that courage...the way he climbed up that three...I just wonder if he's gonna be alright...I guess he was so kicked around by karma that for now, he's gonna be ok. The scene where his dad kicks him out? Oceans of tears...the kid was so tough, he never broke down, he never cried. He's my hero. He fell from the three and back on the bike: hi5
There's always some mesmerizing spirituality about the Dardenne's films. Their films are bleak yet elegantly well-crafted. Magical too. We, as spectators of their films, may not have the chance to change the paths their characters have taken but somehow after watching, we are left with the chance to do on our own what we think is moral. That's why it is always exciting to know if they direct a new film.