The Battelle Film Club wraps up the spring movie series with the French film The Kid with a Bike. It's an interesting character study courtesy of writer/directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who did the excellent The Child in 2005.
Cyril is 11 and angry. He has no mother, and he can't believe he's been abandoned by his father. And to add insult to injury, slime ball dad sold his bicycle. A young woman takes pity on the boy and lets him live with her on weekends so he can get out of the orphanage. Cyril accepts the offer but rejects any affection from the woman and eventually embarks on a life of crime.
It's a bonding movie. In places, it is slow and flat. Other places, the film is riveting. The ending is a bit of an anti-climax but it oddly works.
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardonne, Luc Dardonne
Stars: Thomas Doret, Cecile De France
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It plays at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.