Le gamin au vélo Belgium, France, Italy 2011 – 87min.
Le gamin au vélo
A boy abandoned by his father finds refuge with a sweet hairdresser.
Cyril is not yet 12 when his father decides he no longer wants him and places him in a home, despite the boy's despair. Overcome by violent anger, the boy pins all his hopes for a better life on Samantha (Cécile de France), a young hairdresser he met a few days earlier who agrees to take him home for the weekend. But her good intentions turn into deep dismay when the boy turns out to be very attracted to danger...
Faithful to their style, the Dardenne brothers have made a poignant, minimalist film that is not good-natured but rather is extraordinarily sweet despite its serious subject matter. The young actor's performance is striking in its precision.