Online Film Club: Le Gamin au vélo / "The Kid with a Bike"

Online Film Club: Le Gamin au vélo / "The Kid with a Bike"


Monday, July 27 at 6:30–7:30 p.m.


To join the Zoom discussion at 6:30 P.M., click here: https://af-chicago.zoom.us/j/83343578918?pwd=MHh3VmFjZWRpWjYwb2J5TTB2NmtWQT09

For more information on how to participate in Ciné-Club, please see the "about" section at the bottom of this page.

Since everyone is missing the outside world, we're going realist for this installment of Ciné-Club as we take a look at a simple but affecting story of an abandoned boy and his bike. This week's film is the Dardennes Brothers' earnest modern classic:

Le Gamin au vélo / "The Kid with a Bike" (2011)

Rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime, or iTunes

Cyril doesn't have a great home life. That is, he doesn't have much of a home life at all. His father has abandoned him and seems to have sold his few possessions, including Cyril's much beloved bike. When a kind young clinic worker takes pity on Cyril and helps retrieve his lost bike, Cyril attaches himself to this seeming only adult who shows him compassion. But there are other parental figures around, and not all of them are positive influences. 

The Dardennes Brothers are masters of naturalist style, depicting the world on screen with an honesty that feels almost like documentary at times. In this sense, the Belgian filmmaking duo follow in the rich tradition of French directors like Jean Renoir and Jean Rouch, taking their art as far from the sound stage as possible and presenting life as it really is. Le Gamin au vélo is simple, touching, and bittersweet, depicting the timeless character of a boy adrift with a uniquely modern presence. 

Join us on Monday - let's talk about it! 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.


Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.