The movies of the Belgian filmmaking duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are at once studies in propulsive forward motion and moral tales that plumb the depths of their troubled characters with jittery concern. In works like La promesse, Rosetta, and The Son, the brothers’ relentless camera tightly tracks the protagonists to their darkest moments, and then seems to drag them kicking and screaming back to the surface. This extraordinary, action-driven style is also used to great effect in the Dardennes’ most recent release, The Kid with a Bike. Early in the film, Cyril, a restless, unhappy eleven-year-old, runs away from the group home where he lives to try to find his father. As he tries to evade the counselors from the home who have come to take him back, he literally crashes into a woman, Samantha (Cécile de France), who will ultimately change his life. Watch the poignant yet unsentimental sequence.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.
Charisma to Burn: Béatrice Dalle’s Incandescent Debut in Betty Blue
The young French actor didn’t require much direction for her first screen role. As the film’s director and cinematographer recall, she quickly proved herself to be a born star.
How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen
As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.