Thursday, 26 April 2012

Le Gamin Au Velo / The Kid With A Bike (film)

Also showing at Eastbourne Curzon, Wed 12th Sep, 14:15, 17:00, 20:15.

 May is shaping up to be a good month for independent films in Hailsham. In the same week as the Film Club offering Martha Marcy May Marlene, the Pavilion has three screenings of Le Gamin Au Velo (The Kid with a Bike), a French film with English subtitles. Written and directed by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes, the 12A certificate film won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year.

Set in an industrial Belgian landscape, The Kid with a Bike is the simple and moving story of an eleven-year-old boy, Cyril (Thomas Doret), who is trying to escape from his state-run children's home and find the father who abandoned him. When returned to Social Services care, Cyril is given a chance when hairdresser Samantha (Cecile de France) offers to foster him at weekends. While this story could be oversweet, the Dardennes use a very direct method of communication that does not allow the film to become so.

One screening on Wednesday the 9th May at 14:15. Two screenings on Thursday the 10th May at 14:15 and 17:45.

Eastbourne Curzon, Wed 12th Sep, 14:15, 17:00, 20:15.
Adult ticket £6.50, concessions £4.50,

1 comment:

  1. Despite it's depressing concrete town setting, The Kid With A Bike is a charming film and ultimately uplifting. The story is told
    simply without resorting to cloying dialogue or over-sentimalisation and the actors are all great, especially Thomas Doret, the Kid Cyril,
    who is totally convincing throughout. While there is some violence, none is overly graphic and it is Cyril's suppression of his
    pain and rage that provides much of the film's impetus. The Kid WIth A Bike doesn't try to make any profound social statements,
    and is all the better for that, but gives a very well-observed portrait of a damaged child.