Friday, March 16, 2012

The Kid With a Bike--and Beethoven

A few weeks back I carried the trailer for the award-winning film The Kid With a Bike by the famed Dardenne brothers that featured the slow movement of the Emperor piano concerto.  Now the movie has finally opened in New York, and the Times reviews it today.  Excerpt: "...brief flourishes from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (the 'Emperor' Concerto) that punctuate several scenes, a use of music that recalls the films of Robert Bresson, an important influence on the Dardennes. The use of the Beethoven, the music soaring, as well as what appears to be a kind of resurrection, makes it easy to read 'The Kid With a Bike' as a religious allegory, though that would be reductive."  Here is the trailer again:

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