Best of 2011: “Le Gamin au Vélo”
This Belgian director pair continue to amaze with how they can always get me to feel such deep compassion for their characters. Since La Promesse they have used the same cinematographer, Alain Marcoen, who with his cinema vérité style brings such an overwhelming empathy that it can barley be resisted.
This is yet another story of someone fighting against the odds and born into a world that doesn’t care for them. The use of Beethoven’s “Adagio Un Poco Mosso” is utterly used to perfection in the small moments of hopelessness and fits beautifully as the tragic coda.
Stop making me feel so bad that I have it so good.
Recommended Viewing: La Promesse – L’ enfant
Robert Ryan Scale: Objective: 8.8 – Subjective: 9.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 92