Film review: The Kid with a Bike

By David Larsen In Film

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19th May, 2012
Beethoven is not a baseball bat, and it’s a bad sign when listening to him feels like being hit over the head. Belgian’s Dardenne brothers, writer/producer/director partners Jean-Pierre and Luc, are commonly described as taking a purist approach to music in their films, restricting themselves in the main to source music. (That is, music that is audible in the film’s reality, as when a character plays the piano or switches on the radio, rather than music only the audience hear.) I knew this when I sat down to watch The Kid with a Bike; I also knew the film has been massively well-received ...

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