When: Thu., Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. 2015
Belgian filmmaking brothers Pierre and Luc Dardenne produce painstakingly natural, intimate character studies in carefully observed milieus — without a wasted moment. The hero of their intense focus in The Kid with a Bike, a Grand Prize winner at Cannes, is an angry, sullen boy, red of shirt and hair. He bites. His desperate, hopeless love for the father who doesn’t want him leads to painful scenes. Newcomer Thomas Doret holds his own against pros Cécile de France and Jérémie Renier in a simple yet deep coming-of-age tale that bursts into moments of Beethoven lyricism.