The Kid With a Bike

5 thoughts on “The Kid With a Bike”

  1. Thanks, Gerry. Great film. Nice review. As you say the directors and location are Belgian – and, unlike their French co-linguists, have some understanding of working-class and/or marginalised lives. (Also loved Le Fils – good on vocational training!) I have yet to find many French directors who can do the same; too often French cinema is dominated by sentimental spoilt bourgeois directors who make films about their own dinner companions and/or lecherous middle-aged fat blokes (always played by Gerard Depardieu) who somehow cop off with the most beautiful women in France. Not that I’m jealous or anything. Only Bruno Dumont (L’Humanite) in France comes close. For example even La Haine was let down by the old magical realist touches. I hope fellow cinephiles might put me right but, for example and to start a fight, I wanted the whole cast of Petits Mouchoirs to die in road accidents, not just the prat whose lingering hospitalisation we have to endure while the others self-indulge on the Atlantic coast.

  2. Seems to reference, or be a homage to Vittorio De Sica’s ‘Ladri di Biciclette’ (Bicycle Thieves, 1948). There, a father and son look for a bike. Here, a son and bike look for a father.

  3. Well, that’ll teach the French to try to make films! Entirely agree about ‘sentimental spoilt bourgeois directors who make films about their own dinner companions and/or lecherous middle-aged fat blokes’. That’s why I avoid those films like the plague and therefore didn’t see Petits Mouchoirs.

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