Screening: February 5, 2012



Le gamin au vélo /

The Kid with a Bike

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

2011 / 87 min.


Click here to see the trailer and read more about the film.


This film will be introduced by Dr. Ann Murphy (Associate Professor of French).

(photo: IFC Films)



Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living, hoping to be reunited with his dad—and to find his lost bicycle. He returns to the apartment complex where they once lived, only to find a deserted flat. As the authorities from the children’s home catch up with him and try to bring him back, Cyril, refusing to return, tightly grips a total stranger, a kind, patient woman named Samantha, who will prove to be the heartbroken boy’s savior. Samantha becomes the parent that Cyril so desperately needs, one who will soothe him during his rages and help him cope with the devastating news that his father never wants to see him again.