Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this deeply moving new film by the Dardenne Brothers delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (newcomer Thomas Doret). When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle—after all, his father must have cared about him enough not to sell that off, he reasons. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France), a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her—though she refuses to give up without a fight. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, The Kid with a Bike is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good. The film has also been featured at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, and it will screen at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles in November. The Kid with a Bike opens on March 16 in New York and Los Angeles with a nationwide release to follow.
Brothers and directors Jean-Paul and Luc Dardenne discuss The Kid With a Bike, opening in New York and Los Angeles March 16
Brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne may not be household names here in the States, but they certainly are in rarefied air, since they have done something only five directors have done before. They have won the prestigious Palme D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival twice (Rosetta 1999, L'Enfant (The Child) 2005), joining Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, and Shohei Imamura as the only directors with two Palme D'Or wins. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne return to cinemas with their latest drama entitled The Kid with a Bike, which opens in New York and Los Angeles March 16, before expanding nationally in the coming weeks. I had the chance to speak with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne about The Kid with a Bike. Here's what they had to say below.Read More