Excerpt: It seems that the best films about human nature, or real topics that actually matter, are made outside the Hollywood system. I suppose anguish and inner turmoil doesn't translate into an exciting viewing experience, or one that will encourage people to pay to see the film. I understand that equation, and it makes me respect filmmakers who attempt to bring to life these rarely shown topics. The Kid with a Bike is one such film.
Summary: Everything about this film feels minimalistic. Scenes last only as long as they must, not a second longer, characters speak their minds and emotions without any of the unrealistic, eloquent thoughtfulness of a Hollywood picture, and music is kept to the barest of minimums, used only two or three times in the film, to emphasise a narrative beat or shift in attitude for the characters.
Summary: We love foreign films, arthouse movies, small budget productions. But they have to be good. Of the 4 of us watching this. 2 got up and walked out after 30 odd minutes of tedium. My wife and I stayed tilll the end. Then laughed at how bad the movie was and stunned that we'd just wasted 90 minutes of our lives. I have seen some great films that challlenge film tradition and Le Havre being the most recent.