A troubled young boy Cyril (Thomas Doret) lives in a Children’s Home after his father decided he was no longer able to cope with caring for him. Unable to accept this, the boy escapes the Home and goes back to the apartment that he and his father shared. Finding him gone, the boy continues to run from the Home’s staff before clattering into a woman in a Doctor’s waiting room while yelling about his missing bike. Later, the same woman is able to track down the bike and brings it to the Home and the boy asks if he can stay with her at weekends. The woman, a hairdresser called Samantha (Cecile de France) accepts and the boy spends time with her while she attempts to free him from the anger and rage that keeps getting him into trouble.
I first heard about this film last May when it won the Jury Prize at
I’d wanted to see it at the cinema but being a Belgian film about an angry boy
and a bicycle I was unable to find it in the city of 3 million people in which
I live. Although I was disappointed not to get to see it at the cinema, now I
have seen it I don’t feel like I was missing out. While it’s an interesting
story about two very different relationships, I didn’t personally enjoy it as
much as the reviews I’d read suggested I would. Cannes