February 11, 2011 / Mediation, Uncategorized
In 1991, the Academy Award for Best Picture went to the disturbing psycho thriller, The …
May 20, 2012
Samantha (Cécile De France) is a hairdresser; she works with her hands, and she knows the art of gentleness. Hairdressers also tend to become listeners… even counselors and confessors. All of these skills will come into play as she finds herself seized by a broken-hearted boy. The central character of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s film The Kid with a Bike is Cyril, a child who has lost his mother and been abandoned by his father. For some reason, he takes hold of Samantha as if he is drowning and she is his life preserver. She has no obligation to help him. And if she does, she is likely to break her boyfriend’s fragile patience. But she does respond, at great cost to herself, becoming the boy’s sole evidence for grace and hope in a world full of dangers and betrayals. Her grace is so bold that some film critics found her to be unbelievable, impossible. What a sad state of affairs, that such love should be hard to believe in.
Jeffrey Overstreet watches far too many movies, writes film reviews and two weekly columns for ChristianityTodayMovies.com, maintains the Web site LookingCloser.org, contributes to Paste Magazine, and is at work on a series of novels. He works at Seattle Pacific University.